Olympic halfpipe athlete Zoe Atkin has been on skis since she was two years old. After seven years skiing every weekend in Maine, her family moved to Park City so that she and her sister Izzy Atkin could pursue their passion – now profession – of skiing.
Zoe’s ski style revolves around the halfpipe, a specialized discipline of which there are few training grounds in the world. She describes her excitement about the halfpipe as meticulously-crafted expertise: “You go as fast as you can, and as high as you can, but you still have this very narrow margin” to hit the landing safely. It’s the perfectionism of the landing that excites Zoe so much.
When she’s not skiing the halfpipe, Zoe prefers the big canyons and powder snow she finds in her home state of Utah. She and her sister Izzy enjoy skiing outside of competitions together, pushing each other to stretch their limits, and occasionally frightening their parents with how far those limits can go.
Surfing is Zoe’s newest favorite hobby. Whether skiing in the dead of winter or soaking up the sun riding waves, Zoe’s never bored.
Winter Olympics 2022 – Placed 9th in Women’s Halfpipe
World Cup Award Winner at Age of 16
World Championships 3rd Place
Zoe’s current passion is pursuing her education at Stanford University. At school, Zoe is just as interested in the mental aspect of skiing as she is physical. She’s written about the psychology of trusting one's body, understanding abilities and limits, and the fine line between fear and confidence.