EVOKES: Olympic halfpipe winner and four-time X Games superpipe champion Kelly Clark. "They're very similar in their competitive mind-set," says Ashley Berger, who has coached Arielle for seven years. "Their style is different—Arielle has a very smooth and powerful style—but I feel like she is the new generation of what Kelly has been to the sport because she's very competitive and she's very focused."
COACH'S COMMENT: Arielle's speciality is a frontside 900 mute, a triple rotation while grabbing on to the front edge of the board with her lead hand—a very challenging hold. "I can count on one hand the number of women who can do a frontside 900, period," Berger says. "To do it with a grab like that is pretty singular."
WHAT'S NEXT: This fall and winter Arielle will enter several Olympic qualifying events on the FIS World Cup circuit to put herself in contention for the 2014 Games. And there's always a new trick to master. "That's what keeps me coming back, doing things that scare me," Arielle says. "I guess I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie."
Travis Wittlake Jr.
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ACHIEVEMENTS: A seventh-grader at Millicoma Middle School this fall, Travis, known as Junior, won back-to-back national titles in all three styles of wrestling (folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman) in 2010 and '11 to become only the sixth wrestler to win two straight triple crowns. He won the 2012 titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman. He has a 343--1 career record over the past three years with the club team coached by his father, Travis Wittlake Sr.
FIRST STEPS: Junior began his wrestling on the living room rug with his dad, and he began competing when he was four. It quickly became a serious pursuit. "At tournaments there are kids running around playing behind the bleachers, and he was never one of those kids," his mom, Christie, says. "He would watch other kids wrestle and try to learn from them."
EVOKES: Cael Sanderson, an Olympic gold medalist and the only undefeated four-time champion in NCAA history. "Like Cael, Junior wrestles really well on his feet with his takedowns, and he shoots a lot of ankle picks and duck unders," says Wittlake Sr.
COACH'S COMMENT: "There was a kid from Portland he never could beat," says his father. "He lost to him six or so times over the course of four years, and he finally just set a goal to defeat him and, eventually, he did. That took a lot of focus and commitment for a little guy."
WHAT'S NEXT: He'll compete on USA Wrestling's Tour of America folkstyle circuit this fall.