In 2006 at the age of 19, Hannah won Olympic gold in the ladies halfpipe competition at the Olympic games in Torino, Italy; then 4 years later wins silver at the Vancouver, Canada Olympics, again in the halfpipe competition. Hannah, born and raised in the obscure town of Belmont, Vermont, only some fifteen minutes away from her hometown mountain of Okemo, warms our hearts with her bright smile and giving nature.
A Family of Snowboarders
Hannah, the youngest, (and only female) of five siblings carries on the family tradition with snowboarding. Two of her brothers have competed on the U.S. team, and her oldest brother Amen, manages his snowboarding siblings. At the age of 8 Hannah began snowboarding while tagging along after her brothers. According to her bio at nbcolympics.com, Hannah states “I was just always a tagalong and always wanted to be like a boy when I was growing up.”
With a bevy of victories from the start of her career in 2002 when she won World Junior Halfpipe Champion, some of Hannah’s major accomplishments include gold at the 2010 Olympics, silver at 2006 Olympics, and bronze at the 2005 Whistler, FIS Snowboarding World Championships in the halfpipe competitions. Hannah is no stranger to ESPN’s Winter X Games either, winning gold in 2003, then bronze in 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2010 in the superpipe competitions.
Hanna’s Gold Fundraiser
Hannah’s energy and determination are not saved only for snowboarding. Hannah’s Gold, a charity she founded after her win at the Torino games is going strong. Her statement released at hannahsgold.com says she focuses on “raising funds to support a huge clean water project (wells, bore holes, rainwater catchment) and buy plots of land for homeless AIDS victims that we met in Kirindon, Kenya,” a town that she has been sponsoring for three years. Generously, Hannah also donates all of her contest winnings from her snowboarding achievements to the cause as well. Hannah is nearing her goal of $300,000. According Hannah’s Firstgiving fund-raising page, she has raised $191,973 to date for this cause. “I have chosen to adopt the community of Kirindon in the African country of Kenya, and make a long term commitment to help the children and families who struggle each day against the effects of poverty.” The people of this town have touched my heart deeply not only because they are the kindest, most generous, and hard working friends I have ever met, but because even though they live in some of the toughest conditions, they are still happy.”
Ben & Jerry’s Names an Ice Cream After Hannah
Another way Hannah receives exposure and donations for her Kirindon fund-raising efforts is through the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor Hannah Teter’s Maple Blondie. According to an article posted on Vermont’s Rutland Herald newspaper website, Ben & Jerry’s public relations representative Sean Greenwood says of naming an ice cream flavor after Hannah: “We looked at the kind of those folks that make a difference, that were a good match for the company … maple is an easy tie for Vermont but we thought it would be great to do it with a Vermonter that makes a difference.” Ben & Jerry’s chose not to disclose actual figures, but says that a portion of the proceeds from Hannah Teter’s Maple Blondie ice cream will go toward Hannah’s efforts in Kirindon, in Africa
Hannah Poses in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Though Hannah has been making heads turn with her extreme snowboarding skills, this February 2010 Sports Illustrated magazine readers got to see another, less clothed side of Hannah with her appearance in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, online and in print. Three other Olympic stars: Lindsey Vonn, Lacy Schnoor, and Clair Bidez, joined Hannah on the multi-page magazine spread in which one photo where Hannah is topless, but covered, wearing only a bikini bottom. According to Sports Illustrated, the ladies were photographed in their element at Whistler Blackcomb Resort in Whistler, Canada, wearing swimsuits by Yellowman, Perry Ellis, Kuschcush and La Perla.
What’s Next for Hannah?
In keeping with her competitive streak, according to a news article just released from Summitdaily.com, Hannah placed 4th today, scoring an 82.50 at the Burton U.S. Open, at Stratton Mountain in the women’s halfpipe. With Hannah’s accomplishments, great and varied, I wonder what we may hear from her next.