Gretchen Bleiler

PRO SNOWBOARDER
April 17, 2005

SI caught up with the 24-year-old halfpipe queen, who after taking golds at this winter's X Games, Gravity Games and U.S. Open, won Best Trick last week at the Arctic Challenge in Troms√∏, Norway.

Body painting [She posed for the February 2004 cover of FHM wearing only a brushed-on bikini]: It was very strange, but I was glad I did it.

Terri Schiavo: I don't know who that is. I've been in a little chalet in Switzerland this whole time.

Jen and Brad's divorce: So sad. You would think those two would last, but they didn't.

Drugs in snowboarding: I think it's lame. It's a waste. I definitely look down upon it.

Skiers: Freestyle skiers are definitely pushing it. I accept them.

Shaun White: Smooth, style-ly. Just kills it all around.

Backcountry vs. halfpipe: I like them both. [Halfpipe] contests have always been something I've done. I get the most pleasure and satisfaction from them.

Best-looking snowboarder: Chris Hottel [her boyfriend].

Summer plans: Because it's the year before the Olympics, I'll definitely do a lot more snowboarding than usual. I'll spend a month in New Zealand to train at a snow park.

Turin Olympics: Hope I go.

COLOR PHOTOJACK DEMPSEY/AP (BLEILER INSET) COLOR PHOTO KEN LEVINE/WIREIMAGE.COM (BLEILER) GOLDEN GIRL Halfpipe ace Bleiler is shooting for gold at the Winter Games in Turin.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)