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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.

It is that raw talent and the ability to do well under pressure that the coaches recognized in the 2014 season when they awarded Yater-Wallace a discretionary spot on the inaugural U.S. Olympic halfpipe team, despite being sidelined with an injury during the Olympic qualification series. Yater-Wallace, an Olympic favorite going into the season, suffered a collapsed lung early in the series and spent most of the winter recovering and training to get strong for the last qualifiers. The down time paid off and he was healthy by the end of January. Although he didn’t have the finish he was looking for in Sochi, Yater-Wallace joined his teammates in representing the USA during his sport’s historic debut on the global stage. Its safe to say the next four years looks promising for this rising star.

As a high school sophomore, Yater-Wallace made 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 title. Yater-Wallace started his 2013 season strong by winning the opening World Cup halfpipe 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 Visa U.S. 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.

This past season was a crazy one for me. I started out with some injuries. I collapsed my right lung twice and I broke my first and second ribs, putting me out for all of the Olympic qualifiers. I ended up still getting the fourth spot on the team and going to Sochi, which I am very thankful for.

The Olympics were quite the experience and one that I will never forget. I did not end up doing as well I had hoped due to weather but still had a great time, and I have stayed positive because I am young and have more chances to do well. After the Olympics I've been skiing as much as I can, filming and branching out into new areas of competition like slopestyle and big air.

Yater-Wallace started skiing when he was one-and-a-half years old on a harness with his mom at Aspen/Snowmass Resort. That didn’t last long. Yater-Wallace joined the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club at age seven, where he finally got to fulfill his urge to hit jumps. Harness-free, the young skier started his rapid progression with the team and kicked off his halfpipe career.

During the summer you can find Yater-Wallace in the skate park and jumping on trampolines with his friends in order to progress his skills for the snow. He also attends Aspen High School, which can be tricky for a young star that balances skiing time with school time.



26th, HP, Sochi, RUS, 2014

AFP Ranking
2nd, HP, 2013
1st, HP, 2012
2nd, Overall, 2012

Gold, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013
Gold, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2012
Silver, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
Silver, HP, Aspen, CO, 2011
Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012
Bronze, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2011

Teams: 2011, 2013
2nd, HP, Voss, NOR, 2013
13th, HP, Park City, UT, 2011

Eight starts, five podium finishes, three wins since debut in 2011

2nd, HP, Park City, UT, 2013
2nd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
4th, SS, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
5th, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012

4th, BA, Jon Olsson Invitational, Are, SWE
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
2nd, SS, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
4th, HP, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
5th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
6th, BA, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
7th, SS, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012