Every sport has its "next big thing," and halfpipe skiing may have found its own in 18-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace. By 2011 (at 16) the Aspen native had nabbed a silver in his X Games debut, a bronze at the European X Games and a win in his first World Cup. It’s safe to say his style, amplitude and raw talent are well beyond his years.
The high school senior made big waves in 2012 with his first X Games gold in Tignes, France, a bronze medal at X Games Aspen, two Dew Tour podiums and the AFP halfpipe World Champion title. The multi-talented Yater-Wallace also tried his skills in slopestyle, proving he’s a double threat with a podium at the Aspen/Snowmass Open and an impressive fourth at the VISA U.S. Grand Prix World Cup in Mammoth Mountain, California. In Sochi, he'll be competing in the inaugural ski halfpipe discipline.
Yater-Wallace made his 2013 season debut at the opening World Cup in Cardrona, New Zealand to kick off the Olympic nations qualifying period. After minor shoulder surgery, Yater-Wallace took silver at X Games Aspen, second at the U.S. Visa Freeskiing Grand Prix in Park City and then won the World Cup at the Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia. He continued his podium streak with silver at World Championships in Voss, Norway and a repeat of his gold at X Games Tignes, closing out a phenomenal season that saw him on the podium in every competition he entered.
- 2013 World Ski Championships, Oslo, Norway - 2nd
- 2013 European Winter X Games - Gold
- 2013 Winter X Games - Silver
- 2013 World Cup, Sochi, Russia - 1st
- 2013 U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, Utah - 2nd
- 2012 Winter X Games - Bronze
- 2012 European Winter X Games - Gold
- 2012 World Cup, Cardrona, New Zealand - 1st
- 2011 U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO - 2nd
- 2011 Winter X Games - Silver
- 2011 European Winter X Games - Bronze
Things To Know:
1. Yater-Wallace started skiing when he was one-and-a-half years old on a harness with his mom at Aspen/Snowmass Resort.
2. Missed every Olympic qualifying event due to two broken ribs sustained during a practice run at the 2013 iON Mountain Championships in December. This occured 10 days after suffering a collapsed lung.
3. Was skiing moguls from when he was seven years old until he transitioned to the park and the halfpipe when he was 12 years old.
4. His grandfather is Reynolds “Renny” Yater, who started Yater’s Surfboards in the 1950s,