Atomic athlete Ayana Onozuka is making her mark as a skilled skier in the halfpipe, but she’s also making a splash in the headlines for being the first female freeskier from Japan to compete at an X Games. She set the precedent for Japan by winning 7th place after a rough landing caused her ski to fall off.
Onozuka’s excitement to be at the X Games was apparent on her blog as she posted pictures of the course and her athletes’ pass. She had been to Tigres several times before but never thought she’d be returning for the European X Games.
Growing up in Shiozawa, she started skiing at an early age and soon progressed to racing on her home mountain, Ishiuchi Maruyama. As former alpine skier, she racked up some impressive results, but spending her free time in the park and the pipe, she made the transition to halfpipe this season.
Since the move, she’s participated in a number of competitive events including the Nissan X-Trail Jam in the Tokyo Dome and placed in the Nippon Free Ski Open.
She has her sights firmly set on the Women’s Half Pipe competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, and she’s on the right track. Onozuka Recognized for her positive attitude and constant smile, she was very happy with 7th place finish and looks forward to future competitions.