Date of Birth:
January 18, 1968
City/State of Birth:
Yonkers, New York
Olympics and Events Attended:
1992 Olympics, Albertville, France - Mogul skiing
1994 Olympics, Lillehammer, Norway- Mogul skiing
1998 Olympics, Nagano, Japan - Mogul skiing
2002 Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - Mogul skiing
Battelle began competing after graduating from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont in 1989. Battelle moved to Steamboat to join the Winter Sports Club. She and her coach, Park Smalley, set a goal of making the U.S. Ski team in two years. Battelle ended up doing just that and competed in the 1992 Olympics.
Battelle improved as the years went on, winning her first U.S. Nationals in 1993, her first World Cup in 1997 and first world championships in 1999. She also won her first World Cup Moguls in 1999.
Battelle suffered a shoulder injury as a result of a crash at summer camp three weeks before her wedding to her husband, Sancha Ayad, in September 2000 and had to wear a shoulder sling during her wedding. After a few months of rehab, she returned to competition in January 2001 and earned Top-10 finishes in four of the five World Cup competitions she entered.
In 2005, she was the proud mother of a two-year-old named Emmy and was expecting Emmy's sibling in August of that year.