Ski and Snowboard
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
February 13, 2010 - In her second Olympic appearance, Roark placed 17th in women's moguls.
Birthplace: Artesia, NM
Team Years: 12
Club: Winter Park Eskimos
School: Colorado School of Mines
Equipment: Hart, Bolle
High-energy Olympian Michelle Roark learned to ski using her brother's hand-me-down boots while growing up in Colorado. And, although she may not look much taller than when she got started, Roark has fought back from injuries to become one of the top performers in her sport, including a World Cup title and moguls silver medal at the 2003 World Championships.
A determined veteran and newly crowned U.S. Champion in the 2009 season, Michelle is, without a doubt, a great competitor. As her coaches say, when things are tough she's the one who has the heart and skill to end up on the podium. That's the goal for 2010 and, with her training and conditioning program in gear, Roark's sights are set on success.
Roark has put forth a convincing Olympic campaign this season. She stood on the podium in Deer Valley and comprised two top five and a couple top ten finishes, with hopes of competing in Vancouver.
High costs drove her out of figure skating so she shifted to skiing, a family activity. "I put a rolled-up sock in them (her boots) so they fit," she laughed. Junior national moguls champ in '90, Roark missed the next two seasons with injuries, returned and then headed to college for a couple of seasons. Coming back after the '98 Olympics, she celebrated with her beloved Denver Broncos in late January '99 - they won the Super Bowl and she won World Cup moguls and then duals on consecutive days that same weekend in Blackcomb, BC
FIRST WORLD CUP
Dec. 19, 1994 in Tignes, FRA (17th in moguls)
2007 Worlds - 15th in moguls.
2006 Olympics - 18th in moguls.
2005 Worlds - 13th in moguls, 17th in duals.
2003 Worlds - Silver medalist in moguls.
1999 Worlds - Tied for 9th in duals, 25th in moguls.
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