Torin Yater-Wallace is one of halfpipe's most talented young skiers, and he has the resume to prove it. He hit the scene swinging in 2011 when he claimed his first X Games medal (silver) at just 15 years of age.
By the age of 18 in 2013, the Aspen native had four X Games medals (including gold), won a stop of the Winter Dew Tour, the New Zealand Winter Games, multiple FIS World Cups and had been named the overall AFP Tour winner in halfpipe.
It's raw talent and the ability to do well under pressure that the coaches recognized in the 2014 season when they awarded Yater-Wallace a discretionary spot on the inaugural U.S. Olympic halfpipe team, despite being sidelined with an injury during the Olympic qualification series. Yater-Wallace, an Olympic favorite going into the season, suffered a collapsed lung early in the series and spent most of the winter recovering and training to get strong for the last qualifiers. The down time paid off and he was healthy by the end of January. Although he didn’t have the finish he was looking for in Sochi, Yater-Wallace joined his teammates in representing the USA during his sport’s historic debut on the global stage.
Yater-Wallace had a podium tour in 2015, landing in the top three in four out of five contests he entered, including wins at the Dew Tour and World Ski Invitational. He even stepped out of the halfpipe to earn third at the Jon Olsson Big Air event in Sweden.
In November of 2015, however, the young skier's health hit another stumbling block. Diagnosed with Streptococcus anginosus, Yater-Wallace put up a remarkable fight against the life-threatening infection that affected his gall bladder, liver and lungs. After two weeks in the hospital (10 days in a medically-induced coma), 20 pounds of weight loss and two months off snow, Yater-Wallace clicked back into his skis on January 10, 2016. He took fifth at X Games Aspen just two weeks later and then went on to win gold at X Games Oslo one short month after that.
Yater-Wallace started skiing when he was one-and-a-half years old on a harness with his mom at Aspen/Snowmass Resort. That didn’t last long. Yater-Wallace joined the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club at age seven, where he finally got to fulfill his urge to hit jumps. Harness-free, the young skier started his rapid progression with the team and kicked off his halfpipe career.
OFF THE SNOW
During the summer you can find Yater-Wallace in the skate park and jumping on trampolines with his friends in order to progress his skills for the snow.
- Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club
- 2014 Sochi
- 2018 Pyeongchang
- Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club
- Years on Team: 6
26th, HP, Sochi, RUS, 2014
2nd, HP, 2013
1st, HP, 2012
2nd, Overall, 2012
Gold, HP, Oslo, 2016
Gold, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013
Gold, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2012
Silver, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
Silver, HP, Aspen, CO, 2011
Bronze, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012
Bronze, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2011
5th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2016
FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2011, 2013
2nd, HP, Voss, NOR, 2013
13th, HP, Park City, UT, 2011
FIS WORLD CUP
Ten starts, seven podium finishes, four wins since debut in 2011
2nd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
8th, HP, Park City, UT, 2015
2nd, HP, Park City, UT, 2013
2nd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
4th, SS, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
5th, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
1st, AFP World Tour Finals, Whistler, CAN, 2015
3rd, BA, Jon Olsson Invitational, Are, SWE, 2015
4th, BA, Jon Olsson Invitational, Are, SWE, 2014
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
2nd, SS, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
4th, HP, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
5th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
6th, BA, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
7th, SS, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012