Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Josey is top Yank at Junior Worlds

Halfpipe in Spain


Chase Josey in Spain

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation rider Chase Josey, 17, of Hailey was the top American and claimed fourth place in snowboard halfpipe at the 2012 Junior World Championships at Sierra Nevada, Spain on Tuesday, March 27.

Andy Gilbert, SVSEF Snowboard Director and a coach for the U.S. at Junior Worlds, said, "This is a huge result that counts Chase among the best juniors in the world. Qualifying for this event is a big step in any rider's progression, but to be just points from the podium on your first big trip abroad is awesome."

First in his heat and tied for second overall with 85 points in qualifying rounds, Josey led a contingent of four Americans into the finals. He finished fourth overall with a total of 79 points—one point out of third.

With the pressure on after falling on his first pass, his run consisted of a front 9, back 9, front 10, cab 7, air to fakie.

"Obviously, I wanted to podium, but I still think fourth is a really good spot for me," Josey said. "I was nervous for my first run and fell. For my second run I calmed my nerves and put together a much better run and stuck it."

The event was won by Tim-Kevin Ravnjak of Slovenia with 90 points. After Josey, the next best American was Joe Mensch in 11th place.

Josey, a Community School junior, enjoyed his experience at Junior Worlds. It is the first time he has qualified for the international competition, which matches the best junior competitors in the world.

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The son of Kris and Bill Josey is riding at United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) Snowboard Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colo. this week.

USASA Nationals underway

The Sun Valley Snowboard Team qualified 15 riders to the USASA National Championships at Copper Mt., Colo. Events in six groups started Monday, April 1 and continue through Thursday, April 5.

Local kids making nationals and their disciplines (HP—halfpipe, SS—slopestyle, BX—boardercross, SL—slalom and GS—giant slalom)

Dash Stethem HP; Ryan Roemer HP,BX, SS, SL, GS defending overall national champion; Chase Josey HP, SS; and Ali Appleton HP defending national champion HP;

Josie Bunce HP, SS; Rex Kelly HP (not attending); Connor Smith HP (not attending); Clara Jenner HP, SS, BX; Payton Bacca HP, SS, BX; Cora Schneider HP, SS; Elk Spencer HP, SS; Clyde Montgomery HP, BX; Emmy McCune HP, SS, BX (not attending); Phebe Ericksen HP (not attending); and Amelia Cookston HP (not attending).

In early results:

Slopestyle: Clara Jenner 4th, Payton Bacca 6th, Cora Schneider 8th;

BX: Ryan Roemer 18th.

Updates and results can be found at www.usasa.org.




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