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      5-7
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      160
       

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      When you're born in West Texas, it usually takes something dramatic to get you skiing. Sho Kashima grabbed the opportunity when, at age four, his dad was transferred to South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort. He responded to what he calls "a drastic change in climate" and started skiing, eventually cultivating thoughts of skiing on the World Cup and maybe at the Olympics.

      After having his career-best season in 2009 (eighth in the World Cup rankings), Kashima started the 2010 season looking strong with a pair of World Cup top 10 finishes. However, a blown knee sustained while preparing for the Deer Valley World Cup in January ended his season early and put his Olympic dreams on hold. Another knee injury in 2012 again put him on the rehab road. But that didn't stop him from a late-season comeback in 2013. With only five starts, Kashima locked in three top-ten results and earned a second and a third-place finish at his home mountain for the U.S. Championships. Then in the 2014 season Kashima went on to notch three top-ten finishes on some of the most difficult courses on the moguls circuit.

      FIRST TRACKS
      When Dad, head golf pro at a course near El Paso, took a new administrative job with Heavenly Mountain Resort, young Kashima learned to ski. Heavenly has the photo-perfect Gunbarrel bump run looking straight at Lake Tahoe, which likely influenced Kashima as a young skier. "I'd see Travis Cabral, Chris Hernandez, and Travis Ramos and I thought moguls were pretty cool, so I started doing moguls. I was 11 or 12."

      OFF THE SNOW
      During the summer, Kashima attends Westminster College in Salt Lake City and coaches two camps in the summer: Mogul Logic in Whistler and CVA Trampoline/Skate camp in Sugarloaf, ME. “I also get very excited for football season,” says Kashima.

       

      Highlights

      WORLD CHAMPONSHIPS
      Teams: 2007, 2009, 2011

      6th, MO, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009

      7th, DM, Madonna di Campiglio, ITA, 2007

      10th, DM, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009
      
18th, DM, Deer Valley, UT, 2011

      30th, MO, Madonna di Campiglio, ITA, 2007

      WORLD CUP (highlights)
      Three top-10 finishes in 2014
      With only five starts in the 2013 season, earned three top-ten results
      First three World Cup podiums, 2012

      Finished the World Cup season 8th in the moguls standings, 2009

      16-time top-10 finisher on the World Cup

      U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES (2)
      DM, Squaw Valley, CA, 2009
      DM, Killington, VT, 2006

      OTHER
      2nd, U.S. National Championships, DM, Heavenly, CA, 2013
      3rd, U.S. National Championships, DM, Heavenly, CA, 2013
      Six-time NorAm podium finisher including two victories