Faye Gulini is not only a two-time Olympic snowboardcross rider; she has proven her mettle with multiple National Championship titles and podiums since 2010. (Getty Images/Cameron Spencer)
In the middle of February and the height of snowboarding season, Faye Gulini took a break from snowboardcross to fly to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. But the trip was not for a competition.
Alex Deibold, Nick Baumgartner, Nate Holland, Faye Gulini and Lindsey Jacobellis all qualified into Friday’s snowboardcross FIS World Championships finals.
A team of 23 riders will represent the U.S. at the 2015 FIS World Snowboarding Championships in Kreischberg, Austria Jan.15-25.
With two Olympic appearances and six X Games under her belt, Faye Gulini knows what it takes to perform on the snowboardcross course.
Faye Gulini (right) rode to fourth after a heartbreaking crash forced Lindsey Jacobellis out of the big final and into seventh on Sunday at the snowboardcross event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Seven snowboardcross athletes, including Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis, have been nominated to the 2014 Olympic team. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding)
Olympians Nate Holland (in green) and Lindsey Jacobellis both took snowboardcross gold at X Games Aspen Friday, less than two weeks before heading to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
VIDEO: U.S. 2nd in Veysonnaz
Faye Gulini and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof finished 3rd in the FIS Snowboard World Cup team snowboardcross in Veysonnaz, Switzerland behind Italy and Canada.
Nate Holland took his first World Cup podium of the season with a second place finish in the World Cup snowboardcross Saturday.
VIDEO: Gulini Wins Canyons SBX
Faye Gulini wins the Sprint Grand Prix snowboardcross at Canyons Resort earning herself the title of national champion. American Brooke Shaw came in second place.
Trevor Jacob and Faye Gulini took the top spots and clinched the U.S. titles in the 2013 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Canyons.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and USANA Skicross returns for a third year to Canyons Resort Feb. 25- Mar. 2.
Alex Deibold rode to a career first podium finishing second in the pre-Olympic SBX in Rosa Khutor.
Nick Baumgartner rode to third in a FIS Snowboard World Cup SBX in Blue Mountain.
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Faye Gulini first started riding at Snowbird, UT when she was nine years old. She didn't wait long before taking to the snowboardcross course, however, racing in her first SBX event at age 10 in Jackson Hole, WY. Five years later Gulini moved to Vail, CO to pursue her Olympic dream. Gulini's ascent to success was then swift, as she landed the results she needed for a spot on the 2010 Olympic snowboardcross team.
Gulini then rode well enough in 2011 to earn a spot on her first World Championships team in both snowboardcross and slopestyle. A top 10 at the X Games Aspen in 2011 and a third at U.S. Champs cemented Gulini as a key influence in the sport. A knee injury in 2012 put her season on hold, but then she soared into second at the 2012 Canyons Resort Sprint U.S. Grand Prix. She followed up in 2013 by landing five World Cup’s top 10s, including an eighth at the Olympic test event in Sochi, and taking the U.S. title at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Canyons.
The 2014 Olympic season saw Gulini qualify for her second Olympic snowboardcross team after her top-10 World Cup finish at Lake Louise. A sixth-place finish at the X Games Aspen geared her up for Sochi, where she pulled out her best Olympic finish to date, landing just off the podium in fourth.
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