Elena Hight, USA
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, California
Board team: Volcom
Olympic outlook: Elena Hight might be young, but she’s already a seasoned competitor and former Olympian (she placed sixth at Torino). She’s had the front 900 for, like, ever now, she stomped the first-ever women’s backside 900 two years ago winning an X Games bronze medal, and she’s currently looking for the back-to-back nine combo. However, she hasn’t wowed the judges sufficiently, landing on the podium only once during the GP series in second, perhaps in part because of a deficiency in the amplitude department when it comes to spin tricks. However … there’s no time like the present to up the ante!
Potential downfall: Elena’s obviously got the tricks (e.g., fives, sevens, and nines), but unless she can translate the lofty amplitude she gets on her straight airs over to her spin tricks, she might have a hard time landing herself on the Olympic podium.