Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Roemer is banked slalom winner at Mt. Baker

Josey second in Utah superpipe

Bellevue rider Ryan Roemer won his class at the Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom Sunday in Oregon. Courtesy photo

Ryan Roemer, 16, of the Sun Valley Snowboard Team made himself right at home during the 25th Legendary Banked Slalom competition at Mt. Baker, Ore. last weekend.

Bellevue resident Roemer won the Younger Amateurs (ages 16-19) class in Sunday's finals of the oldest snowboard race in the U.S. His best-of-two runs time was 1:34.33, .92 seconds faster than runner-up Gus Warbington of Bend, Ore.

Romer's time was the sixth fastest out of the 12 divisional champs at Mt. Baker.

Like the other winners, last year's USASA Youth Men's national champion Roemer earned a duct tape trophy.

Other Sun Valley competitors: Spencer Cordovano, 24, of Hailey placed second in the Older Amateurs (20-29) age class at 1:33.81; Cory Smith, 38, of Ketchum finished fourth in Pro Masters (34-and-up); Mark Oliver was fifth in Masters; and Joe Marx, 40, placed 14th in Mid Masters (40-49) with a 1.51.13 time.


Josey at Free Flow Tour

All systems were "go" for 16-year-old Sun Valley Snowboard Team racer Chase Josey during the Gatorade Free Flow Tour at Snowbasin, Utah last week.

Josey won the men's snowboard superpipe qualifier Wednesday at Snowbasin. In the best-of-three format, Josey's winning run consisted of a front 9, back 9, front 7, cab 7, front 10 and cab 5. It was the first time Josey attempted and landed a front 10 during competition.

With the victory, Josey earned an automatic berth into the Free Flow Finals Sunday. In the finals Josey finished second in men's superpipe. The competition pitted the winners from all the Free Flow stops. It was Josey's fourth podium in a month, according to coach Andy Gilbert.

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alum Mal Prior, now a sophomore at Westminster College in Utah, placed second.

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