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: Janna Meyen
There are several riders highlighted on these pages who were at the top of their game when George Bush was in the White House, but only one had the ability and longevity to make their mark while both the father and son were holding the highest office in the land. In 1991, Janna Meyen-Weatherby won her first US Open halfpipe title as a 13 year-old amateur. Her next Open victory came 14 years later in slopestyle! Janna being grouped with the guys in the first contest she ever entered as a grom in So Cal and handily emerging the victor may have been the catalyst for a career defined by her desire to defy gender stereotypes. To that end, Janna judged her riding by the standards being set by the dudes, which at times led to self-deprecating reactions to her own riding and scorn from her female peers. Either way, this approach gave her an edge and the abilities this angst manifested made her a hero to all.
With a succession of slopestyle golds from 2003-2006, Janna made history by becoming the first Winter X athlete – male or female – to four-peat in any sport, not just snowboarding. Engrained with a classic spin-off-the-toes style, Janna’s jumps set her apart. During the late 90’s, Meyen-Weatherby started landing frontside rodeos, and towards the tail end of her contest career she had switch spins on lock, culminating with the ultra progressive Cab 900 that even half a decade later would be enough to get her a spot on a world class contest podium. As somewhat of a journeyman when it came to board sponsorship, over the course of Janna’s 21-plus year career, she found herself on the following snowboarding company team rosters, in order: Burton, Sims, Morrow, Burton, Chorus, Ride, and Nitro. Of course her clothing sponsorships were less transient as Janna sported the “Stone” from Volcom’s inception in ’91, being featured in their seminal releases The Garden and Luminous Llama, all the way up until her retirement in 2012.