Freestyle Skiing - Moguls
2010 Olympic hopeful
Short List Performance
- 2007 World Championships - seventh (dual moguls), 30th (moguls)
- 2009 World Championships - sixth (moguls), 10th (dual moguls)
- Two-time U.S. Champion - dual moguls (2006 and 2009)
- Nine career World Cup top 10s
Kashima, 22, has yet to break through and make a World Cup podium, but he is inching closer and closer. In 2009, he won a U.S. Championship in dual moguls and placed career bests of sixth at the World Championships and eighth in the overall World Cup standings.
Born in West Texas, Kashima needed something in the way of divine intervention to find skiing. When he was 4, his dad moved the family to Heavenly Resort in Lake Tahoe, and Kashima had his slopes. He began doing moguls at 11 or 12, and his younger brother, Yamato, also dabbled in freestyle skiing. Kashima had a scary moment at the 2009 U.S. Championships in dual moguls when he collided in mid air with side-by-side competitor Wade Parkinson on a jump. Both were OK, and Kashima went on to win the title.
Kashima enjoys eating beef, "from Porterhouse steaks to tacos and everything in between."
Did You Know...?
- Travels with a football and is a huge Texas Longhorns fan
- Has joint Japanese-United States nationality
- Favorite movie is "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"
- Favorite musicians are Young Jeezy, The Game, Lil' Flip and UGK
Image by United States Ski and Snowboard Association