Eric Willett emerged as an unknown, earning a silver medal at the 2010 X Games in Aspen. Since then, he has been on top and regarded as one of the best American men in slopestyle snowboarding. (Josef Šulc)
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White qualified into the top spot in the slopestyle qualifier Friday at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, the first-ever Olympic qualification series for slopestyle snowboarding.
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It's pretty incredible to think a rider like Eric Willett was once an unknown, developing his skills at a once-a-week recreational snowboarding class. But that's how it was for the Breckenridge native. That is until he decided to chase his pro dreams after his 2006 high school graduation. Before long, Willett was making waves at the Burton Global Open Series and grabbing silver in his 2010 X Games debut.
After clinching an impressive 2012 Dew Tour win and an overall third in the Dew Tour rankings, Willett kept his momentum going with a bronze at Euro X Games. In 2013 Willett stayed consistent as he took a top-five spot at X Games Tignes, two big air titles and two second-place finishes on the World Snowboard Tour.
Willet started the 2014 season strong with a ninth-place finish at the Breckenridge Dew Tour, but an unfortunate crash at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix a week later left him with a season-ending injury to his upper back. On the mend and back on snow, Willet is looking to pick up where he left off in 2015.
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