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Hannah Teter

Global Ambassador

Biography: World Champion snowboarder Hannah Teter is an Olympic gold medalist and passionate humanitarian. In 2014 Teter became the first Action Sports Global Ambassador for Special Olympics. Born into a family of snowboarders, the Belmont, Vermont native excelled at a young age and became the youngest member of the U.S. Snowboarding Team in 2003. She won her first X Games medal at the age of 16 and has captured an additional five throughout her career. During her Olympic debut in 2006 Hannah championed the halfpipe competition and won the gold medal. She went on to compete in the 2010 Olympics where she landed the silver medal in the halfpipe competition and was a contender at the 2014 Games where she placed fourth. Hannah has been recognized for her snowboarding success and philanthropic efforts with accolades such as the ESPY for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, VH1 Do Something Award for Athlete of the Year, and modeled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in a section devoted to Winter Olympians.

Engagement: In June 2012, Hannah attended the Special Olympics Vermont State Games. In January 2013, Hannah attended the Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, where she participated in a Unified Sports Experience in snowboarding, spoke at the Global Development Summit on Sports in developing countries, and engaged with youth leaders and Unified youth pairs (young people with and without intellectual disabilities) at the Global Youth Activation Summit Youth Rally. In the summer of 2013, Hannah attended the Southern California Summer Games at Cal-State Long Beach where she participated in Opening Ceremonies, watched competition and participated in Unified Sports Experience in bocce with athletes from Southern California. During Hannah’s announcement in January 2014, she participated in a Unified Sports Dual Slalom Snowboarding Race with 11 Special Olympics Colorado athletes, brothers Abe and Amen Teter and special guests Arielle Gold, Jamie Anderson, Scotty James, Mitchie Brusco and Johnny Bananas on Silver Dip Mountain in Aspen. Hannah combined her passion for snowboarding and the Special Olympics to help bring Unified Snowboarding to the X Games, resulting in Special Olympics athletes and professional snowboarders competing together during the X games in a Unified event. The first ever televised Unified event of its kind. In 2018, Hannah attended the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary in Chicago where she presented medals to the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Unified Soccer Cup, participated in a Unified Celebrity Soccer match and spoke during the Inclusion Concert. Hannah continuously leads the Special Olympics efforts to broaden Special Olympics athlete participation in action sports, as well as link her passion and humanitarian efforts in the developing world with Special Olympics.

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