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Alaska native Ryan Stassel has had a board strapped to his feet since kindergarten. In all those years, he has worked his way up through the Revolution Tour, the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and eventually snagged multiple starts on the World Cup and at FIS World Championships.

Despite his impressive resume, 2014 was Stassel’s best year to date. He earned his first major win at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain and backed it up two days later with a third place, effectively securing his spot on the first U.S. Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team. In Sochi, Stassel finished 14th in the high-octane slopestyle debut. He is now looking toward Peyongchang 2018, where he will use his Sochi experience for another stab at an Olympic medal.

My season really couldn’t have gone any better. I’ve been working towards this for a long time and it feels good to see my snowboarding where it is now and to have been a part of the first Olympic slopestyle team. The Olympic experience really put the cherry on top of everything I’ve done in snowboarding since I started at 13. It was really cool and there’s no other way to put it.

Stassel remembers, “I first started snowboarding when I was in kindergarten. I would hop on the shuttle every other day and head up to our little resort that was in town. It was more a hill with a lift and a towrope, but it was definitely a lot of fun. I can’t quite remember who the first person was that taught me to ride, but the two that really got me going and pushing the limits were Dylan Omlin and Jeremy Puckett…thanks guys!”

Stassel enjoys hanging out with his friends, rock climbing, camping, writing, playing guitar, longboarding around town, and “frolfing or just getting down on some video games.” He says, “I like to try and keep myself entertained.” 



Teams: 2014
14th, SS, Sochi, RUS, 2014

World Snowboard Tour Rankings
18th, SS, 2013

Five starts since 2011

7th, SS, Stoneham, QC, 2013

1st, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2014
3rd, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2014
4th, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2014
7th, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
2nd, BA, Paul Mitchell Progression Session, Park City, UT, 2013
7th, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2011
13th, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, 2012
21st, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, UT, 2013

1st, SS, USANA Nationals, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
1st, SS, U.S. Revolution Tour, Mt Snow, VT, 2012
2nd, SS, USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain, CO, 2012
4th, SS, The Shred Show, Whistler, BC, 2013
11th, SS, Burton US Open, Vail, CO, 2013