Updated: December 23, 2010, 11:49 AM ET

Meyen-Weatherby retirement pending

By AJ Vicens
ESPN Action Sports
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Dave LehlJanna Meyen-Weatherby has been competing for 22 years, and still is better than almost everyone.

The first lady of Winter X Snowboard Slopestyle has announced her retirement -- though it's not immediate. Janna Meyen-Weatherby, 33, says that she recently signed her final contract with Volcom and plans to officially retire from competitive snowboarding at the end of the 2012 season.

"I just started snowboarding because I'd rather do that than go to school," she says. "I literally fell into it. Now it's time to grow up and get out of it."

Meyen-Weatherby, one of the most influential snowboarders to grace the industry, has been competing for 22 years. She has countless accolades, including six Winter X Games medals (four gold, silver, bronze), and was the first Winter X athlete to four-peat when she won Slopestyle from 2003 to 2006. A butt-check on her off-the-heels cab 900 put her on the podium in third place, instead of first, at last year's Winter X. She is vowing to come back and nail the trick, and the contest, this year.

Janna married Kirk Weatherby in 2008 and cites wanting to start a family as part of the reason for her retirement.

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