Wednesday, March 19, 2008

SV riders punch tickets to nationals

Headed to Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain, Colorado, is the venue and 17 Sun Valley snowboarders hope to mine gold at the USASA National Championships later in March.

Andy Gilbert, director of the snowboard program for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, announced Thursday that 17 Sun Valley riders qualified for the event.

"We are very proud, not only of these riders, but the progress of the team as a whole," Gilbert said. "Everyone worked super hard and the up-and-comers are a group to be watched."

Four team members, Heather Black, Mal Prior, Ryan Roemer and Chase Josey qualified as #1 in the nation in their age group.

Josey, last year's overall champion, is eligible to compete in all five events at the March 29-April 5 USASA nationals: halfpipe (HP), slopestyle (SS), giant slalom (GS), slalom (SL) and snowboard cross (SBX).

Competitors who have qualified for two events are defending HP champion Scott Pike (HP/SS), Josie Bunce (HP/SS), Scott Fairfax (HP/SS), Heather Black (HP/SS), Hailey Rheinschild (HP/SS), Kaitlyn Farrington (HP/SS), Ryan Roemer (SBX/GS) and Gavin Admire (SBX/GS).

HP qualifiers are Ali Appleton, Bria Gillespie, Mal Prior, Ross Bird, Quinn Baser, Wyatt Bunce, Rusty Williams and Kenny Ballou.

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