After competing on the World Cup Circuit for eight years and making two World Championships appearances, Marni Yamada has announced her retirement from U.S. Snowboarding.
Yamada’s journey to the world’s premier stage of snowboarding was unique. She first hit the slopes at age nine while on skis, leading her into alpine ski racing, where she attended Mount Hood Academy followed by Western State, continuing her ski racing career. After graduating from college in 2000, Yamada decided to purchase a snowboard, which led to a U.S. Snowboarding National Championship win in her first attempt.
“It was just inspiring to know you could have a whole new challenge, just on a snowboard,” expressed Yamada. “Since then, it has really opened up quite a bit of new challenges, endeavors, tricks and travel.”
In 2004, Yamada became a mainstay on the World Cup Circuit, when she began to focus her efforts on snowboard cross. Like many young riders, she began her competitive career participating in all snowboarding disciplines.
“Snowboard cross was my natural, innate feeling with the speed and racing really complimenting the ex-ski racer style,” explained Yamada.
Yamada’s career ended with an impressive nine top-20 finishes in World Cups, NorAms, and South American Cups, during the 2009-10 competition season. Starting a new chapter in her life, Yamada will return to school in Seattle to attend the Kerala Ayurveda Academy to study ayurveda, one of the oldest medicine practices known to man, while teaching yoga full time.
“I feel grateful that the USSA is able to support my school endeavors as well as my athletic pursuits,” said Yamada. “I’m excited for the next chapter. I have a whole new bag of tricks to open up.”