Our Athletes


Our Athletes for the Earth come from a wide range of backgrounds, from Olympic medalists to professional athletes in the NFL and NHL, and recreational athletes.

Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chára is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenseman who serves as captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. 

Chris Mazdzer

Chris Mazdzer is an American Luger, who has competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

  • 2010, 2014, 2018, 3x Olympian
  • Olympic Silver Medalist
  • 2020, World Championships Bronze (team event)
  • 7x National Champion

Ripu Daman Bevli

Ripu Daman Bevli is an athlete, fitness enthusiast, and Pioneer of the Litter Free India movement. He is credited with starting India’s first eco-fitness trend – combining fitness and running to fight the garbage crisis in the country. He is also known as the Plogman of India and was honored with the titles of ‘FIT India Ambassador’ and ‘Plogging Ambassador of India’ by the Honorable Prime Minister of India and Sports Minister.  

Ripu Daman Bevli, also an Earth Day Network India Star, is on a mission to make India Litter Free. 

Shiva Keshavan

Shiva Keshavan is a six time Olympian and the first Indian representative to compete in luge at the Winter Olympic Games. He set a new Asian speed record at 134.3 km/h (83.5 mph) after beating the previous record of 131.9 km/h (82.0 mph) and won gold medal in the 2011 Asian Luge Cup at Nagano in Japan. In 2012, he set a new Asian track record at 49.590 seconds. He is the reigning Asian Champion.

Mark Hatton

Mark Hatton has represented Team Great Britain at two Olympic Games, making his debut at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. Mark finished in 25th position as the highest placed slider from a nation without a luge track.

In 2006, Mark placed in 18th position in the men’s singles event at the FIL World Cup in Igls, his best finish at the competition.

  • 2002, 2006, 2x Olympian in Luge
  • 2010, Paralympics GB Team Attache, Paralympic Winter Games, Vancouver
  • 2016, Team GB Coach, Youth Olympics
  • 2018, Team Korea Coach, Olympic Winter Games, Pyeongchang

“I use non toxic cleaning products in my home, take the recycling that my district won’t take to a private recycling depot every month, donate my used clothes to thrift stores, buy unpackaged foods where I can, use reusable wax cloth and not Saran wrap to keep leftovers fresh, grow my own herbs and veggies, use a push lawn mower, and clean my home with thieves oil.”

– Mark Hatton

Elena Hight

The two-time Olympian, X Games gold medalist, and US Open Champion is one of the sport’s leading ladies who continues to push its limits. In 2013, Hight became the first snowboarder–male or female –to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo in competition.

  • Two-time Olympian
  • X Games Gold Medalist
  • Seven-time X Games Medalist
  • Burton US Open Champion
  • First female to land a frontside 900 in competition at 13 years old
  • First snowboarder to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo in a halfpipe contest at the 2013 Winter X Games
  • Featured in the 2013 ESPN Magazine Body Issue
  • Oxygen Magazine’s February 2014 Cover Girl
  • Included in the coveted all women’s feature film Full Moon
  • First Women to pursue a wholly human powered project with snowboarding Icon Jeremy Jones

Louie Vito

  • Four-time Grand Prix overall halfpipe champion (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Five-time Winter X Games medalist (two gold, one silver, two bronze)
  • 2013, U.S. Open at Vail, Colo., bronze medalist
  • 2013, World Cup at Copper Mountain, Colo., halfpipe bronze medalist
  • 2012, Dew Cup overall halfpipe champion
  • 2012, U.S. Open silver medalist
  • 2011, Dew Cup overall halfpipe champion
  • 2010, U.S. Open silver medalist
  • 2009, World Cup at La Molina, Spain halfpipe silver medalist

Amy Purdy

World-class American snowboarder and 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist. Author and co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports.

Paralympic Experience

  • 2014, Two-time Paralympian; Three-time Paralympic medalist (1 silver, 2 bronze)
  • 2018, PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games, silver (snowboard-cross), bronze (banked slalom)
  • 2014, Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, bronze (snowboard-cross)

World Championship Experience

  • Most recent: 2017 – bronze (banked slalom)
  • Years of Participation: 2012, 2017
  • Medals: 2 (1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Silver: 2012 (snowboard-cross)
  • Bronze: 2017 (banked slalom)