Bio

Known for his bronze medal in the 2002 Olympics, the Breckenridge, CO, rider has changed his focus and is getting out of the pipe and spending most of his time filming in powder. In 2007 he had two major parts in The Constant Struggle and Keep Talking. During the 08 season, J.J. earned himself a spot with the Standard films crew during one of his most epic winters. With his vast experience in competitions (including gold at WX 2002), he says he doesn’t need much time to practice. He’ll be throwing back-to-back 1080s, but old school style is his main focus. At WX ‘08, he’ll be the longest tenured WX SuperPipe athlete: He’s competed in every WX SuperPipe since 1999.

To sum it up, J.J. just charges! He truly loves snowboarding and it’s contagious. J.J. is the guy you want on every snowboard trip.

Q & A

  1. Word Association:

    • Fun= Constantly • Vision=Clarity • Friend=Love them • Foe=slight differences • Greenhouse=good plant life • Gas=smells

  2. When did you turn pro?

    1997

  3. What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?

    My first pro halfpipe win at Big Bear in 1997. 2002 Grand Prix win, 2002 X Gold and 2002 Bronze Medal at Olympics. 2006 Icer air 1st Place. 2010 Dew Cup Halfpipe. The whole 2010 Grand prix series.

  4. When did you first start snowboarding? Where/why?

    First started down a snowy road in Pagosa Springs, Co when I was 12 because I was sick of skiing and my friend knew how to shred-so he got me going.

  5. If you didn’t snowboard what kind of menial task would you want to do?

    I'd probably just be a surf bum and work at a golf course as a cart guy or something to get free rounds and possibly bar tend as well so I have cash to gamble against my friends.

  6. If you had to date one person who would it be: Pamela Anderson after Tommy Lee, Snookie from Jersey Shore or your past mom like Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future?

    Pamela A . Thats what rubbers are for.

  7. If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley rider, who would it NOT be and why?

    Probably Shaun White because I imagine he has a lot of hair products that would take up the whole place.

  8. Tell me a funny story about an Oakley rider...(We’ll never tell)

    After Olympics in '02 Danny Kass and Ross and I were signing our lives away and this guy came up and asked for an autograph and asked us to sign the back of his coat. Danny writes "I'M GAY" in huge letters and signed his name. We all signed it and really it was more mean than anything. But at the time, we couldn't believe he actually did it and we were crying laughing.

  9. Talent…other than doing no handed pushups:

    Talentless

  10. Your Favorite…(Start with your favorite music artist or something):

    Food then snowboarding then sleeping.

  11. Oakleys are…

    sweeeet

  12. Best song to ride to:

    Changes every week. If I fall on a song it's out. If I stomp it's quite possible that the song will be on replay the rest of the day.

  13. First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…

    Say OMG, and sit on the couch with my roommate and play Skate 3 on XBox.

  14. A lot of riders never get to go to Prom, did you go, who did you take or who would you ask if you could go today?

    I went twice. Both with the same girl. It was pretty fun and looking back, the kid who double dated with me ended up becoming a police officer.

  15. What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?

    I don't care for mushrooms.

  16. Do you GTL? In what order?:

    Don't know what GTL is (neither do we).

  17. Dream vacation spot:

    Ohhh...Anywhere new!

  18. Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?

    Gut shot please!

  19. If the most interesting man in the world wanted to take your girlfriend out would you let him?

    Just take her out? Sure. I'd tell her to bring me home leftovers.

  20. People would be super surprised if they knew that you…

    Were born in Alaska while my parents were on a hippie VW van trip.

  21. What tricks are you working on?

    Too many to list.

  22. You’ve been mistaken for…

    no one yet.

  23. Food…

    Is awesome

  24. Last Words...

    Bye!

JJ Thomas

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"Get in where you fit in."

Date of Birth:
April 6, 1981
Hometown:
Golden, CO
Sponsors:
YEA.NICE clothing,Vitamin Water, Breckenridge Resort, Unity Snowboards, Celtek gloves,Tactics Boardshop
Hobbies:
Surfing, Golfing, Music

Career Highlights

    • 2002: Olympic bronze medalist and X Games gold medalist
    • 2009: Dew Tour Overall Champion
    • 2002: Grand Prix Champion
    • 2006: 1st Place - Icer Air
    • 2010: Dew Cup Halfpipe