Bend’s Janna Meyen-Weatherby will return to the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., this Sunday to vie for her seventh X Games medal.
Meyen-Weatherby, 33, was the first Winter X athlete to “four-peat” when she won the women’s snowboard slopestyle event each year from 2003 to 2006.
This year’s women’s snowboard slopestyle contest is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 9:30 a.m. (PST) on Sunday.
Meyen-Weatherby claimed the bronze medal last year after nearly becoming the first woman to execute a cab 900 (2 1/2 rotations) in the X Games. She dragged her hand on the landing and finished third behind Jenny Jones, of Great Britain, and Jamie Anderson, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
In slopestyle, riders are judged on tricks performed along a course of jumps and rails. Scores are based on the degree of difficulty and execution of each trick.
According to espn.com, Meyen-Weatherby recently signed her final contract with clothing manufacturer Volcom and plans to officially retire from competitive snowboarding at the end of the 2012 season.
“I just started snowboarding because I’d rather do that than go to school,” Meyen-Weatherby was quoted saying on espn.com. “I literally fell into it. Now it’s time to grow up and get out of it.”
According to the website, Meyen-Weatherby, who got married in 2008, said the desire to start a family was part of the reason for her retirement.
Meyen-Weatherby has been competing in snowboarding events for more than 20 years.
A Bend resident for about 10 years, Meyen-Weatherby grew up in Big Bear Lake, Calif., and began snowboarding when she was 12. She is known for her aggressive style and her fondness for the biggest jumps. In most of her X Games victories, she was one of the few female competitors to even attempt the men’s jumps.