Shared By: Heavenly Mountain Resort | January 24, 2013
Sho began skiing when he was 4yrs old, after his father was hired at Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Growing up, Kashima idolized 1998 Olympic moguls champion Jonny Moseley, and it was Moseley's gold in Nagano that inspired him to compete in the Olympics. He also looked up to U.S. moguls skiers Travis Cabral (ninth in at the 2006 Torino Games), Travis Ramos and Chris Hernandez, all of whom have roots in Lake Tahoe. Sho was 12 years old when he first started skiing moguls with the Heavenly Team, and continued skiing with them till the age of 19 when he qualified for, and joined, the US Ski Team. Sho won his first major title, a Junior Olympics title, in Moguls when he was 17 at a competition in Silver Mountain, Idaho.