Two-time Olympian Greg Bretz was on a board at age five and began competing at 10. The talented rider out of Mammoth Lakes, CA has had marked success over the years, including podium finishes at the U.S. Grand Prix, Dew Tour, X Games and the FIS World Cup Tour.
Bretz first earned a spot with U.S. Snowboarding after a breakout 2008 season that included wins on both the World Cup and Grand Prix circuits.
The 2010 season saw the halfpipe rider notch a pair of top-10 finishes on the U.S. Grand Prix tour, which sealed him a spot on his first Olympic Team. The then 20-year-old finished 12th in Vancouver.
Bretz came out of the gate swinging in 2014, winning the first Olympic qualifier of the season at the Breckenridge Dew Tour stop, becoming the first halfpipe rider to best Shaun White in nearly four years. Bretz backed up that win with a second-place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, making an early claim on his ticket to Sochi. Bretz went on to earn his first X Games medal in Aspen (bronze) and then continued his strong riding at Rosa Khutor, where he posted another 12th-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
In 2016 Bretz scored a handful of top-ten finishes on the competition circuit, despite struggling with some injuries. He also took a freeride trip to the mountains of Iceland with good friend and fellow halfpipe rider Scotty Lago.
Bretz remembers being frustrated a lot when he took his first turns at June Mountain, CA at the age of five. But the first snowboard he got from his father, who worked lift maintenance at Mammoth Mountain, seemed to fit him better than a pair of skis ever could, so he stuck with it.
OFF THE SNOW
In the summer Bretz can be found skateboarding at the Volcom Brothers' Skatepark, golfing and hanging out with his friends and parents.
- Mammoth Charter School
- 2010 Vancouver
- 2014 Sochi
- Mammoth Charter School
- Years on Team: 8
12th, HP, Sochi, 2014
12th, HP, Vancouver, 2010
3rd, HP, Aspen, CO 2014
4th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2010
5th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
5th, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2011
7th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012
10th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2015
World Snowboard Tour Rankings
6th HP, 2014
6th, HP, 2013
8th, HP, 2012
FIS WORLD CUP
Eighteen starts, four podiums, one win
1st, HP, Stoneham, 2008
6th, HP, U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2016
2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix (also World Cup), Copper Mountain, CO, Dec. 2013
2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Killington Resort, VT, 2008
2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Tamarack, ID, 2008
3rd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
3rd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, UT, 2011
4th, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, UT, 2011
4th, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
4th, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
7th, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, UT, 2015
6th, HP, Burton US Open, Vail, CO, 2016
1st, HP, Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 2013
1st, HP, Burton Pro-Test, Mammoth, CA, 2012
2nd, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2011
3rd, HP, Burton High Fives, Cardrona, NZL, 2013
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
5th, HP, Burton U.S. Open, Stratton, VT, 2012
8th, HP, Burton US Open, Vail, CO, 2015