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The Greatest Snowboarders Of All Time 

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Updated April 3, 2019 1.9k votes 407 voters 30.4k views 29 items

List Rules Greatest snowboarders in the history of the sport - retired

List of the greatest snowboarders of all time. These snowboarders, who’ve retired, are the ones who’ve left a legacy in the sport that will definitely be hard to top. They’ve wowed fans with their athleticism, amazing tricks, and competitive skills, and they’ve each earned a place on this, the list of the greatest snowboarders of all time.

Many of the greats in the snowboarding world are Olympic medalists in the sport. Although the sport was developed in the 1960s, it wasn’t introduced into the Winter Olympic Games until 1998. At these games - held in Nagano, Japan - the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Norway each earned two medals in snowboarding. A few of the great snowboarders who medaled that year are Karine Ruby, Ross Rebagliati, and Nicola Thost.

Other amazing snowboarders may not have medaled at the Olympics, but they certainly won their share of snowboarding competitions. From the FIS Snowboard World Championships to the X Games, the greatest snowboarders have dominated the sport. Who can forget, for example, Gretchen Bleiler’s multiple gold medal performances at the Winter X Games?

On this list readers can find the most significant snowboarders the sport has seen. From the mavericks who brought the sport to life to those who’ve recently retired, they’re all here. No matter which competitions they dominated, these awesome snowboarders made lasting contributions to the sport - and pleased audiences, always. 

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Terje Håkonsen
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Terje Håkonsen is one of the founders of The Arctic Challenge snowboarding contest.

Birthplace: Vinje, Norway

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Craig Kelly
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Craig Kelly won the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom contest three times in his career.

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At the 2016 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, a 15-year-old Chloe Kim made history when she became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080 spins in a snowboarding competition, scoring a perfect 100.

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Tanja Frieden received the snowboard cross gold medal in 2006 at the Winter Olympic Games.

Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

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