Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Nicola Thost
When Germany’s Nicola Thost blitzed onto the World Cup halfpipe stage in 1997 she immediately ushered women’s riding into the overhead era. No longer could flirting with the lip and token technical spins put both hopefuls and veterans into podium contention. Furthermore, Nicola paired her amplitude with proper style by pronouncing her grabs and broadcasting her tweaks.
As the first woman to consistently land back-to-back 720s, her runs made her the favorite in every field. Within a few seasons Thost had her name on the topsheet of a signature board, a plethora of magazine covers, TransWorld Riders Poll recognition and a resumé rife with rewards, including our sport’s first ever women’s Olympic halfpipe gold medal and two US Open victories.
Off the slopes, Nicola was equally as fearless as witnessed by her 2002 appearance in Playboy with nothing but a strategically placed sushi roll to cover up her naughty bits, and anyone who has ever tried to eat sushi in Germany can attest to how courageous this is. As of late, Nicola has focused her energy on passing the torch to the next generation via her Sprung Brett (Spring Break) camps and making her mark on the Swatch Freeride World Tour. With the latter endeavor, Nicola has several strong finishes, including a 2nd place spot on the podium this past February, ultimately concluding the 2017 season in 5th overall.