Greta Gaines

Athlete Ambassador

Sport:

Snowboarding (Pro)

Career Highlights

Greta Gaines is an internationally recognized pro-snowboarder & fly-fisherman. She was the only female participant in the first World Extreme Snowboard Championship in 1992, competing against 19 men, and became the first Women’s champion in the sport. In addition to her pro-snowboard achievements, Gaines is an accomplished singer/songwriter & television host. In 1997 she began hosting MTV’s Sports and Music Festival, and her song “Mikey Likes It” was used as the show’s theme song. In 1999 the Oxygen Network created Freeride with Greta Gaines. She later hosted ESPN 2s “Basscenter” and “The New American Sportsman.” She released her first album of music in 1999. Her song “Firefly” received extensive radio play and rose to the tops of the MP3.com charts, after which she performed at Lilith Fair with Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan, and had gigs opening shows for Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette. Her father is novelist, screenwriter and outdoorsman Charles Gaines (Pumping Iron, Stay Hungry) and the inventor of the game of Paintball. Her mother is painter, sculptor and former Miss. Alabama, Patricia Gaines. “My parents wrote their own rules, so it didn’t seem odd to me to invent my life as I went along,” Gaines said.
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