Eric Willett put himself on the map with a silver-medal performance at his X Games debut in 2010. A Breckenridge native, Willett spent countless hours on a snowboard from a very early age, cruising the mountain with his younger brother. With a coveted spot on the Air+Style World Tour, Willett is sure to be a contender for a spot on the 2018 Olympic team when big air makes its Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
Six years after his X Games debut, Willett had a fantastic showing at X Games Aspen in 2016 against a highly competitive field. Finishing just off the podium in fourth, Willett proved that he has what it takes to go up against the best in the world. He also had a podium finish at the Mammoth stop of the U.S. Grand Prix (second) and finished in the top 10 at every stop of the Air + Style Tour.
Heading into the 2014 season, where slopestyle was scheduled to make its Olympic debut, Willet started strong with a ninth-place finish at the Breckenridge Dew Tour. On track to contend for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, a crash at the U.S. Grand Prix a week later left him with a season-ending injury to his upper back. Willett returned to snow in 2015 and gained momentum throughout the season culminating in his first World Cup win as he led a U.S. men's slopestyle podium sweep at the Grand Prix finale in Park City, UT.
Born and raised near Breckenridge, Willett's been working on his style since he was 6 years old. Nearly every day Willet and his younger brother spent time pushing each other to the next level in their riding.
OFF THE SNOW
Willett is dedicated to riding his mountain bike, which he says is a good way to stay in shape in the offseason. Like many of his snowboarding compatriots, you can often find Willett on a skateboard and he also likes to play frisbee golf and camp. He married his wife, Candace, in 2012 and the two own a home in Breckenridge. Candace gifted Willett with a quiver of tools when the purchased the home and they have been gradually renovating, doing most of the work themselves with the help of "friends and YouTube."
- Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center
- Summit County High School
- Years on Team: 2
4th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2016
Gold, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2010
Silver, SS, Aspen, CO, 2010
Bronze, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2012
Bronze, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2011
4th, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2013
World Snowboard Tour Rankings
31st, SS, 2016
10th, BA, 2014
14th, Overall, 2014
6th, SS, 2013
2nd, BA, 2012
FIS WORLD CUP
Six starts, two podiums, one victory since 2013.
FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
2nd, SS, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2016
1st, SS, Park City, UT, 2015
14th, BA, Big Air Fenway, Boston, MA, 2016
6th, BA, Air + Style Beijing, CHN, 2016
6th, BA, Air + Style LA, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
9th, BA, Air + Style Innsbruck, AUT, 2016
1st, BA, Billabong Air & Style, Innsbruck, AUT, 2013
1st, BA, BGV Russian Grand Prix, Moscow, RUS, 2013
1st, SS, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
1st, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2011
2nd, SS, The Shred Show, Whistler, BC, 2013
2nd, SS, Grandvalira Total Flight, Grandvalira, AND, 2013
2nd, SS, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2011
3rd, SS, Total Fight, Grandvaliria, AND, 2015
3rd, SS, Quiksilver Spring Battle, Innsbruck, AUT, 2012
3rd, SS, O'Neil Evolution Tour, Davos, SUI, 2011
4th, SS, Burton European Open, Laax, SUI, 2013
4th, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2010
6th, SS, Burton US Open, Stratton, VT, 2012
7th, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
9th, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
9th, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
10th, BA, Air+Style, LA, 2015