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How many years has Olympic hopeful, Sho Kashima had a season pass at Heavenly? 23 years to be exact.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Sho moved to South Lake Tahoe when he was 4 years old, after his dad accepted a job at Heavenly Mountain. By age12, Sho started skiing moguls with the Heavenly Team, and by age 19 he joined the U.S. Ski Team. Sho won his first major title, a Junior Olympics title, in Moguls when he was 17.
Two knee surgeries in the last three years have not halted his goals for Sochi 2014. He was third in the world when he got injured, but he has jumped back into the mix and it’s looking good.
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His constant drive to get better, keeps the sport fun for him, and fun for us to watch him. He says the best part about skiing is being in the air, and you can tell by this impressive video that he loves doing it.
So what does an Olympic hopeful do leading up to an Olympic year? Sho trains just as hard as he does every year, as there really are no ‘off-seasons.’ The three years in-between Olympic years are full of competitions, World Cups and National Championships.
Sho jumped back into competition after the new year, and in just five events he climbed up the World Cup rankings to finish 17th in the World for the entire season, and 5th in the World for those five events. He holds two national championship titles in 2006 and in 2009 for Dual Moguls.
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Sho wrapped up the 2012-2013 season by competing in the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships at Heavenly in March and was the only athlete to podium twice that weekend, taking 2nd in Dual Moguls and 3rd in Moguls.
His knee is fully healed and will be attending training camps all summer and then will start competing again to qualify for Sochi.
Sho Kashima’s 2012-2013 competition results:
Inawashiro, Japan World Cup, February 23-24, 2013
-4th Place Dual Moguls
-6th Place Moguls
Åre, Sweden World Cup, March 15-16, 2013
-12th place Dual Moguls
-20th place Moguls
Sierra Nevada, Spain World Cup, March 22, 2013
-9th Place Moguls
Heavenly, U.S. Freestyle Championships, March 29-30, 2013
-2nd Place Dual Moguls
-3rd Place Moguls
Check out Sho in action in these videos from this season:
Sho’s U.S. Freestyle Championships Mogul course preview video.
Sho’s Mogul podium run at the Sprint U.S. freestyle Championships at Heavenly video.
Did you know?: Heavenly has a long history in the freestyle skiing world, holding the U.S. Freestyle Championships in 1999, 2000 and 2004, hosting the 1970s Hot Dogging contests, the John Denver Celebrity Ski Classics, 14 World Cups between 1967 and 1985, and numerous other races. Hugh Killebrew (one of Heavenly’s previous owners and visionaries) led the importance of world class ski racing at Heavenly, which proves the presence of people like famous freestyle skier Glenn Plake and Olympic hopeful Sho Kashima.
See you on the mountain and way to go Sho!
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