Ummmm, I guess a bunch of pro skiers and snowboarders signed on for the cast of MTV’s The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros to compete in a six-week long content to win $50,000 to donate to their favorite charity. These Olympic caliber athletes will be competing with the likes of Johnny Bananas and CT for our viewing pleasure. The cast includes:
Lindsey Jacobellis – Professional snowboarder (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Gus Kenworthy – Professional skier and Olympic medalist (The Trevor Project and the Happy Hippie Foundation)
Louie Vito – Professional snowboarder and Olympian (Wings for Life)
Here are their bios from MTV’s website:
“Professional skier, Gus Kenworthy is a viral internet sensation turned Olympic Medalist. At the age of 16, Kenworthy compiled footage of his skiing into a one-minute video submission for a prestigious free-skiing event. The clip took the internet by storm, and industry professionals began to notice. Kenworthy picked up his first sponsor, and his professional career began to take off. Now a legend in the sport, Kenworthy has multiple claims to fame, including the first ever double cork 1080 in a half pipe, the first ever double flip on a hip jump and the first double flip off a rail. At the age of 23, he earned the privilege of representing the USA in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and brought home a silver medal in slopestyle. In 2015, Kenworthy made the bold and courageous decision to come out as a proud gay man. Never one to shy away from the camera or his fans, he chose to deliver this news on the cover of ESPN magazine. With multiple Winter X Games medals and countless other championships, he continues to challenge his opponents on the competition circuit. Kenworthy is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit both The Trevor Project and the Happy Hippie Foundation.”
“Three-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis is arguably the most dominant snowboard cross rider in history. At 11-years-old, Jacobellis started racing snowboard cross at a local event held at Stratton Mountain, VT. She followed her passion for racing to the winter sports academy, Stratton Mountain School, where she was able to train each day without sacrificing her education. Jacobellis was first invited to compete in the X Games at the age of 15 and landed herself a spot on the U.S. Snowboarding team by age 17. Her hard work definitely paid off as she now holds the record for most Gold Medals won at the Winter X Games for any female. She has been on the World Cup Tour for 14 years and is looking forward to competing at another Olympic Games. Jacobellis is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit ASPCA.”
Louie Vito was a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team, a four-time Overall U.S. Grand Prix Champion and is a two-time Dew Cup Overall Champion. He has also accumulated six career X Games medals, including two Gold Medals. In an unprecedented streak between the 2010 Olympics and spring 2012, Vito managed the unheard of feat of earning podium positions in 20 of the world’s 23 major snowboarding contests, including three consecutive X Games medals, the overall championship for the Winter Action Sports Tour, and the overall championship in the U.S. Grand Prix (the third of his career at that time). In January 2014, Vito was the first athlete to ever both co-host and compete in the X Games where he won the Silver Medal in the Superpipe. Vito turned professional at age 17 and immediately became a familiar presence on winners’ podiums. Vito has won fans off the mountain as well – he competed on season 9 of “Dancing With The Stars,” was named Men’s Health Magazine’s Top 50 Most Fit Athletes in the World and appeared on numerous TV shows on Nickelodeon such as “100 Things to do before High School” and “Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life.” In 2015, Vito won a Young Hollywood Award as the country’s “Most Awesome Athlete.” Vito is teaming up with “The Challenge” to benefit Wings for Life.