Friday, December 23, 2011

Josey turns heads in Rev Tour slopestyle

At Copper Mountain

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation reported on its website this week about snowboarder Chase Josey's top-10 finish at the USSA Revolution Tour on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Josey rode to seventh place in men's snowboard slopestyle on Lower Bouncer at Copper Mountain, Colo. The Community School junior scored 57.6 points and made the final Round of 12 in the 86-rider field.

The winner was 23-year-old Seth Hill of Breckenridge, Colo. Josey was one of the top J2 riders in the field. Teammate Ryan Roemer was 23rd overall.

"Chase's run was really cool because the slope course was identical to what they have at Dollar," SVSEF Snowboard Program Director Andy Gilbert said. "He came off the top rail switch (backwards), switch backside 540 into a backside 720 and came into the last rail feature and 360'd off it."

Gilbert said it was the first time Josey had made the finals at a Revolution Tour event.

"Chase has been to some U.S. camps so they know who he is, but there was definitely a lot of talk about his style and how big he is going now. The entire U.S. Rookie Team was there so he was going up against some heavy hitters," Gilbert said.

On Monday, Josey was 15th in snowboard halfpipe and Roemer 22nd. Ali Appleton was 28th in the women's open class halfpipe. Wednesday, SVSEF rider Trevor Hattabaugh made the finals in 12th place out of 58 in snowboard halfpipe. Perry Boyle was 34th, River Kelly 36th and Hayes Gilman 54th.

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