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Gorgone, Michelle

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Date of Birth: October 18, 1983

City/State of Birth: Sudbury, Massachusetts

Current Residence: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Olympics and Events Attended:
2006 Olympics, Torino, Italy ~Alpine Snowboard
2010 Olympics, Vancouver, Canada ~ Alpine Snowboard

Brief Biography:
Gorgone started boarding at the age of 12. "I remember it was a rainy day and I kept falling down," she said. "I was soaking wet, but I didn't give up and stayed on the hill all day and finally mastered it. I became hooked as of then." She was the top U.S. finisher on the 2006 Olympic course in Alpine Snowboard and finished seventh.

Gorgone won a bronze medal in 2003 and silver in 2002 at the Junior World Championships for parallel giant slalom. She was the 2004 U.S. National champion in the parallel giant slalom and bronze medallist in 2003. Gorgone was a 2002 Olympic forerunner in parallel giant slalom at the Salt Lake Games. She finished the 2005 World Cup season ranked sixth in the overall parallel giant slalom standings and first in the U.S. standings and placed 11th at the 2005 Worlds in parallel slalom and giant parallel slalom, becoming the top U.S. finisher in giant parallel slalom. Gorgone scored her career-best World Cup finish earning a silver medal at the end of the 2005 season. Gorgone is considered a top competitor on the U.S. parallel giant slalom team finishing the 2005 World Cup season with seven top 10 finishes and winning two silver medals. She also had four top 3 finishes, winning two gold and two bronze medals, on the Nor-Am circuit in the 2005 season.

After a great first run, Michelle finished 14th on a rain-soaked course in the 2010 Vancouver, Canada, Olympics

Gorgone was named Michelle Lynn as a compromise when her parents where not sure what to name her when a Michelin tire commercial came on TV and her Mom wanted to name her Michelin. A coach heard the story and since she is of Italian descent, started calling her "Pirelli," after an Italian racing tire. She enjoys karaoke and wants to be the next "American Idol". She tried out for the 2005 season where she placed 7,990 out of 8,000 singing "Chain of Fools."
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