Clair Bidez – Halfpipe specialist
Born in 1987, Clair Bidez is an American former professional snowboarder. As a halfpipe specialist in snowboarding, Bidez has earned altogether one gold, three silvers and three bronzes in her career. Along with being an athlete, she is a research analyst. Brains and Beauty ! Bidez grew up in Minturn, Colorado and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College (through a special Tuition Grant Program with USSA). Also, Bidez received a Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Utah.
Clair Bidez early years and junior career
Bidez was a skier first of all, Then began snowboarding when she found her brother Dylan, having more fun as a snowboarder. He had also become a member of the U.S. Snowboarding Team.
At the age of 10, she started competing with great results in contests all over the world. When she was 16, she competed at the US Open at Stratton Mountain and placed 5th in the tournament. Watching her performance, Bidez was asked to join the U.S. Snowboarding team soon after.
Halfpipe junior champion
As a junior Snowboarder, Bidez became the Halfpipe Junior World Champion in Vivaldi Park, South Korea in 2006. This was a big success which paved her way to move further in her career. Later, she competed at the Winter X Games XX where she placed 4th in halfpipe competition in 2006. In 2007, she finished 3rd at NZ World Cup, Cardrona, and placed 3rd and the best trick at the Abominable Snow Jam in Mt. Hood, Oregon. Continuing her journey of snowboarding at the Squaw Valley Jeep King of the Mountain, Bidez earned a silver medal. In 2008, she competed and placed 2nd at USA FIS, in Tamarack. Also, in 2008 and 2009, Bidez competed at Killington Grand Prix contests and at the Squaw Valley Jeep King of the Mountain. Important parts in her life as a snowboarder.
Bidez continued her competition at the Winter X games. 2006 was her best performance throughout her career, But at later games she finished 17th in 2007, 11th in 2008 and 9th in 2010 at Winter X.
Her career still had a long way to go, but Bidez broke her heel in the finals in the Grand Prix 2009 at Copper Mountain. While struggling with her injury in 2009/10 Bidez made it to finals in every Olympic qualifier. The hot snowboarder was also featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition as a potential Olympian. Unfortunately a tenacious and stubborn ankle injury was not recovered and she had to end her professional snowboard career. Because of persistent injury and a desire to go back to school, Bidez finally, made her decision to retire from competitive snowboarding.
As well as modelling Bidez was also active as the ambassador for several companies and sponsored by some of the best companies such as Nikita, Flow, Giro, and Copper Mountain.