Who is Chase Josey?
Name: Chase Josey
Country: United States
2016/17 World Snowboard Tour ranking: 3rd
- 2016 X Games Oslo halfpipe bronze medalist
- 2017 Burton U.S. Open halfpipe bronze medalist
- 2017 Laax Open halfpipe champion
Josey has not previously competed at a Winter Olympics. PyeongChang would be his first appearance.
In the last two seasons, Josey has emerged as the most consistent U.S. halfpipe rider aside from Shaun White. He has landed on the podium at major events such as X Games Oslo and the Burton U.S. Open, so he is certainly capable of earning a medal in PyeongChang. First though, he will have to earn his spot on the deep U.S. Olympic halfpipe team.
Technicality, diversity and creativity are all factors that make Josey's halfpipe runs stand out. Adept at spinning all four directions, he's one of the few riders incorporating a wide variety of switch tricks, including difficult switch backside tricks, into his runs. You never quite know what to expect from one of his runs, but it will often be something unique that other riders aren't doing. And Josey's bag of tricks only continues to grow, as he recently learned the frontside 1260 (video below) while training during the offseason.
Josey started snowboarding at age 5 while growing up in the ski town of Sun Valley, Idaho. He had originally been skiing when he was even younger, but then his dad, who had been teaching himself how to snowboard, started instructing Josey on how to ride a board as well. It would be several years before his hometown resort got a halfpipe, and then that became one of several disciplines that Josey trained in. He began entering competitions around the age of 10 and eventually decided to concentrate on halfpipe due to seeing the most success with that.
At the 2017 Laax Open, Josey unveiled a new run that featured five consecutive doubles, something that had never before been done. Adding to the difficulty of that run were three consecutive switch tricks at the end, including an unprecedented back-to-back combo of a switch double crippler into a switch double Michalchuk. That run ended up earning the Idaho native the first major win of his pro career.
2016/17 season recap
An X Games Oslo bronze medal at the end of the 2015/16 season was a harbinger of what was to come for Josey. After starting the 2016/17 season off with a third-place finish at the Copper Grand Prix, he won the 2017 Laax Open for the first major contest victory of his career. He then turned in strong results at two of the season's biggest events: X Games Aspen (4th) and the Burton U.S. Open (3rd).
Off the snow
When he's not on the mountain, Josey enjoys other action sports and outdoor activities such as skateboarding, surfing and mountain biking.
"There's all these different ways to do one trick, and that was cool to me. I was like, well, it doesn't have to be done in one particular way. I can kinda do it in my own way and put my own style on it. … And so I kind of had a passion for trying to be weird on a snowboard or something like that. And so I started trying to ride both ways. I'm a regular [footed] snowboarder, but I almost find myself riding switch most of the time." – Chase Josey on his unique style of riding