READ: Afterthoughts with Shannon Dunn-Downing — Issue 3.1

p: Aaron Blatt
Few names command as much respect and admiration as Shannon Dunn Downing. Shannon has carved an unfading mark on the sport, not only as a pioneering athlete but also as a trailblazer for women in snowboarding. A highlight of Shannon's competitive career came at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, where she clinched a bronze medal in the halfpipe event. This historic achievement marked her as the first American woman to secure an Olympic medal in snowboarding, solidifying her status as a true pioneer.  Her groundbreaking feats in the halfpipe and dedication to shaping women's products leave an indelible mark on the sport. Shannon's legacy resonates far beyond the mountains. Recently, the re-release of her 1996 dolphin board with Burton, the first women's pro model, reminds us of her enduring influence, and the photos that come with the board show that she hasn’t skipped a beat. -  Stan Leveille

How many years have you been snowboarding?
35 years snowboarding

Current job?
I’ve been a stay at home mom for the last 20 years. I balanced my time as a mother with attending women’s snowboard events and helping with B4BC, managing our properties, and volunteering at church and my kids’ schools. My kids are both in college this year so I have time, health and lots of energy to dedicate to new opportunities. I have many interests and lots of enthusiasm so just trying to find my next amazing endeavors- It’s exciting!   

Still got it! // p: Aaron Blatt

What does the job entail? 
The job of raising kids is just like being a pro snowboarder:
Endurance: Going down a line in Alaska vs 50 hour childbirth labor. 
Freestyling Thrills: Experiencing the adrenaline of hitting a kicker vs taking your kid to the ER with a split lip. 
Terrain Challenges: Mixed conditions at the Xgames vs jumping over legos and avoiding nerf bullets 
Style Factor: Beanies and baggy pants vs foam hat and workout pants.