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Professional Snowboarder Nate Holland Profile

The most decorated snowboard cross competitor in history



Holland competing in the 2010 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup

Photo credit: LGE

About Nate Holland:

Nate Holland is more than a seven-time X Games gold medalist, Olympian, and World Champion -- he’s arguably the best snowboard cross competitor in the history of the event. Holland has a fearless style that works to his advantage in nearly every competition he enters; he has more professional wins than any other snowboarder in boardercross history.

Holland started riding before his eighth birthday at his hometown resort of Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, Idaho. He attributes his desire to become a professional snowboarder to Shawn Farmer and Damian Sander’s segment in the snowboard film “Critical Condition” in which they made snowboard history tearing up the ‘fingers’ of Squaw Valley.

Holland later moved to Mount Hood, Oregon, where he earned a ski pass working as a parking lot attendant. After that he moved to the Tahoe area and started his competitive boardercross career. Following one international competition, Holland was invited to compete in his first Winter X Games.

Holland’s 100-percent, all-out effort has helped him win world titles and numerous Winter X Games competitions. It’s even won him a place on the United States Olympic Team several times including an appearance at the very first Olympic boardercross competition in 2006, again in 2010, as well as in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Nate Holland Quick Facts:

Hometown: Sandpoint, Idaho

Birthday: November 8, 1978

Resides: Truckee, Calif.

Home Mountain: Schweitzer Mountain

Height/Weight: 5’10”, 185 lbs

Discipline: Snowboard cross

Sponsors: Monster Energy, Squaw Valley, Porter’s

Nate Holland Career Highlights:

Holland is the most decorated rider in the sport of snowboard cross. His career has been a string of highlights and top finishes. His first Winter X Games win came in Aspen, Colo. in 2004, when he took home the gold medal in the ultracross competition.

From 2006 to 2010 Holland won five consecutive Winter X Games gold medals in Aspen. He was the first athlete ever to dominate an X Games competition so greatly.

Holland’s need for speed helped him achieve five World Cup wins and 14 World Cup podium placements. In 2012, he not only took his Winter X Games gold medal back, but also ranked third in the World Cup standings as well.

It’s hard to choose the most notable accomplishments in Holland’s career simply because there have been so many. Although, his invitations to the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics are certainly among the greatest. After a 14th place finish in snowboard cross at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, Holland came back and took fourth place in Vancouver, Canada in 2010.

Nate Holland Off the Mountain:

Holland’s tastes reflect his style of snowboarding; he loves adventure, speed, and danger in just about all aspects of his life. If he’s not on the mountain, you can find him dirt biking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, or fly fishing.

Nate Holland Contest Results:


  • 14th, SBX, Torino, Italy, 2006

  • 4th, SBX, Vancouver, Canada, 2010

Winter X Games:

  • 1st, Ultracross, Winter X Games, 2004

  • 1st, SBX, Winter X Games, 2006

  • 1st, SBX, Winter X Games, 2007

  • 1st, SBX, Winter X Games, 2008

  • 1st, SBX, Winter X Games, 2009

  • 1st, SBX, Winter X Games, 2010

  • 1st, SBX, WInter X Games, 2012

FIS World Snowboard Championships:

  • 3rd, SBX, Arosa, Switzerland, 2007

  • 13th, SBX, Gangwon, South Korea, 2009

  • 3rd, SBX, La Molina, Spain, 2011

Other Notable Placements:

  • 1st, SBX, Jeep King of the Mountain, Sun Valley, Idaho, 2008

  • 2nd, SBX, Jeep King of the Mountain, Squaw Valley, Calif., 2008

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