Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Roemer repeats as national snowboard king

Menís Open winner at USASA finals

There is value in doing a lot of things well, which is what 17-year-old Ryan Roemer of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team demonstrated again last week at the 24th annual United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) finals in Copper Mountain, Co.

Roemer repeated as the Men’s Open overall champion for his consistent results in all five disciplines at the 2013 national championships. The Wood River High School senior made it three straight USASA national overall titles, counting his 2011 age-class win before moving up to Men’s Open.

At Copper, Roemer improved across the board in all five events—boardercross (6th place, up from 18th at nationals last year), giant slalom (5th, up from 19th last year), slalom (17th, up from 21st last year), halfpipe (16th, up from 19th last year) and slopestyle (40th, up from 56th last year).

Other SVSEF highlights:

- Chase Josey 4th in Men’s Open Class halfpipe and 8th slopestyle; Clara Jenner 2nd in Breaker Girls (ages 12-13) boardercross; Payton Bacca 2nd in Menehune Girls (10-11) cross; and Ruggie (ages 7-and-under) competitor Jack Verhaeghe 3rd in slalom, plus 13th in boardercross and giant slalom.

Program director Andy Gilbert said it was a strong nationals for the SVSEF group, and that the results of the younger riders at nationals spoke volumes about where the kids are heading and the program’s future.

National placings by event—Slalom: 3—Jack Verhaeghe. 17—Ryan Roemer. Giant slalom: 5—Roemer. 13—Verhaeghe. Rail Jam: 4—Clara Jenner. 8—Cora Schneider. Boardercross: 6—Roemer. 13—Verhaeghe. 14—Zoe Bacca. 15—Chase Josey.

Halfpipe: 4—Josey. 5—Payton Bacca. 7—Schneider and Elk Spencer. 9—Verhaeghe. 11—Zoe Bacca and Jenner. 16—Roemer. Slopestyle: 8—Jenner. 9—Josey. 10—Spencer. 11—Payton Bacca. 18—Schneider. 40—Roemer.

In other news for SVSEF riders:

- Hannah Haupt scored a fifth place in women’s superpipe at the FIS Junior World Championships in Italy.

- Chase Josey, 18, finished ninth in men’s superpipe at the World Cup Finals in Sierra Nevada, Spain. He scored 60.5 including his first-ever Double Crippler 1080 in competition, and was the first American in the race. Josey earned four World Cup starts this season and finished 20th in the overall standings. Gilbert said, “Chase rode extremely well and is in a really good place. He is really strong and has become a very savvy competitor.”

Haupt was 12th in the final halfpipe at Sierra Nevada, and SVSEF Gold Teamer Tai Barrymore was 34th in men’s halfpipe at Sierra Nevada.

- Kaitlyn Farrington finished seventh in women’s snowboard halfpipe at the Euro X Games in Tignes, France.

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