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Waterville Valley Named Freestyle Club of the Year by USSA

Posted by JibCrib on May 18, 2009 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

One the oldest ski clubs in the country, the Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers was named 2009 Freestyle Club of the Year for an unsurpassed commitment to freestyle skiing from grooming youth to producing some of the nation's top athletes. In 2009 Waterville Valley hosted and qualified 36 athletes for the Junior Olympics. They also had 14 athletes qualify for U.S. Championships and two athletes made the 2009 World Championships halfpipe team.


Under the longtime leadership of Nick Preston, the Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers has produced more than 50 national team athletes in freestyle, six World Championship titlists, one Olympic gold medalist, one World Cup overall titlist and many World Cup and U.S. Championship winners.

Stratton Mountain School Honored for Snowboarding by USSA

Posted by JibCrib on May 18, 2009 at 12:14 PM Comments comments (3)

The 2009 Snowboarding Club of the Year, Stratton Mountain School opened its doors in 1972 and has since produced over 29 Olympians and many national team athletes. SMS is renowned for the success of athletes that leave its snowboarding program, including World Cup SBX champion Lindsey Jacobellis, Ellery Hollingsworth and Louie Vito.


Program Director Mike Mallon, who is also the 2009 Westhaven Award winner is credited with producing a team of coaches and staff, most of whom were professional snowboarders themselves, that have a passion and commitment to snowboarding that pushes SMS athletes ahead of the pack. Currently SMS has 85 athletes competing in both regional and elite level events.

Rome Local GNAR Video Contest

Posted by jibcrib on April 8, 2009 at 8:49 AM Comments comments (0)

As another season is winding down, and the deadline for Local GNAR entries is soon approaching.
Nothing beats spring shred.  Warmer weather, softer landings and daily parking lot tailgate good-times means it?s time to get out there and get footage of that trick you?ve been working on all season.
Local GNAR is a contest that celebrates, promotes and publishes these videos from local scenes around the world.




For the third year in a row, Rome wants to check out your Local GNAR video and hook up the best videos with $$, publication and prizes. Get your crew together in the early season and make a video about your perspective on snowboarding. Keeping it to 5 minutes or less, get creative with the editing, include only your best shots, and put it to music. Rome's riders and in-house crew will check out the submissions and vote on the top three videos. As always, the winning videos will be the ones that most make us want to go out and shred in May.
1st Place: $1,000, two (2) Rome Artifact snowboards, three (3) Rome 390 bindings, twenty (20) GNAR t-shirts
2nd Place: two (2) Rome Artifact snowboards, three (3) Rome 390 bindings, five (5) pairs of Rome gloves, ten (10) GNAR t-shirts
3rd Place: three (3) Rome 390 bindings, five (5) pairs of Rome gloves, ten (10) GNAR t-shirts
All entries have to be received by May 1, 2009, so get that last minute footage and get to editing?

Results from Last Call at Loon

Posted by jibcrib on April 3, 2009 at 9:09 PM Comments comments (0)

Prize breakdown for Eastern Boarder's Last Call 2009 at Loon Mountain
Mens overall impression for all three sections:
1st place.....Shaun Murphy......$1200...2010 K2 WWW...Skullcandy Hesh headphones.... Ogio backpack with prizes
2nd .....Yale Cousino.........$700...K2 WWW Rocker...Skullcandy Hesh headphones.... Ogio backpack with prizes
3rd....Ted Lavoie............$300....K2 AUTO EVER bindings...Skullcandy Hesh headphones... Ogio backpack with prizes
Womens overall impression for all three sections:
1st place ..Taylor Owen...$1200...K2 Fling ....Skullcandy Hesh headphones... Ogio backpack with prizes
2nd ...Mary Rand...........$700..K2 WWW LTD ...Skullcandy Hesh headphones... Ogio backpack with prizes
3rd...Colleen Quigley.............$300...K2 VAVA Voom..Skullcandy Hesh headphones... Ogio backpack with prizes
Colleen gave her board up to Laura Rogoski who had also been killing it all day.
* Backpacks had prizes from EB, K2, Ogio, Level, Skullcandy.
PAYOUT bonuses for head to head combat
A single rider was paid for each section for overall impression.
Ledge to Ditch...............$200..........Shaun Murphy
"The Aggro Crag" .....$200..........Yale Cousino
Rails and jibs..........$200....Shaun Murphy
Oakley also awarded their favorite rider of the day with an Oakley watch valued at $1200...........................Shaun Murphy
Worst slam / Scariest moment award..........Skullcandy Hesh headphones... Ogio backpack with prizes......................Chelone Miller
Check out JibCrib's clips from the event: Wall Ride, Rail Jam


Also take a look at Easten Boarder's official event video.


Freestyle Championships on Versus April 4 and 5

Posted by jibcrib on April 3, 2009 at 4:43 PM Comments comments (0)

PARK CITY, UT (March 31) - U.S. athletes from across the nation were in top form last weekend as they fought for the honor of being best in the U.S. during the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships in Squaw Valley, CA. Versus, one of America's leading action sports networks, will bring the action to ski fans in April.

Packed with moguls and skier halfpipe action, the 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships from Squaw Valley will air April 4 beginning at 4 p.m. ET with the Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge dual moguls competition, and then continuing at 5 p.m. ET with the skier halfpipe and individual moguls events. The best national athletes, including World Cup champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), Olympic medalist Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) and 2009 moguls and dual moguls champion Michael Morse (Duxbury, MA) will all be on hand and fighting for the top of the podium.

Fans are invited to tune in to see all the action during the first half of April on Versus. You can also follow the latest broadcast updates on twitter.com/usskiteam.

2009 Versus April TV Schedule:

April 4:
Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge (Dual Moguls) - 4:00 p.m. ET on Versus
Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships (moguls and skier halfpipe) - 5:00 p.m. on Versus

Bahrke, Kashima Take Dual Moguls Titles

Posted by jibcrib on April 3, 2009 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 29) - Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) and Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) put on a show for their hometown crowd Sunday as they wrapped up the 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships with wins in dual moguls.

"It was amazing. It's been such a long season and I just had no energy and to be able to pull that off and run after run ski really well was great," Bahrke said. "I skied this for my coach that passed away last year in a plane accident - Clay Beck. It was great to have his family here and I felt him with me the whole time. It was cool to do it for him and win the competition at home for him."

According to Bahrke, who marked her sixth U.S. title at Squaw, the level of competition at U.S. Championships made winning a battle to the end.

"I skied probably the four hardest duals I have skied all year. Every dual was very hard and they were all really close," Bahrke said. "It was great to have such a good field out here and have all the women ski well."

Following Bahrke was Emiko Torito (Denver) who said she enjoyed skiing against her best friend.

"I feel seriously competitive with her, but she's probably my best friend on the team. It's cool to be up against your friend, it's fierce," Torito said. "It was really good dual and it was a great day of competing. Squaw has been unreal. They know how to host an event."

Rounding out the podium was Michelle Roark (Denver) who, after winning the moguls title on Friday, was happy with having a successful weekend in Squaw.

"I had some super consistent and good runs," Roark said. "There was a little bit of a bobble in my run against Shannon, which put me into the small final. I felt good about how I skied and I'm happy with it."

In the men's competition Kashima, who last won a dual moguls title in 2007, said winning with his family and friends in the crowd was a great way to finish out the season.

"It was fun to ski well in front of my family and friends. It feels great. It's the last competition for us and it's good to end things off with a win and finish the season strong," Kashima said.

Joined by two of his teammates on the podium, Kashima was also impressed with the way the U.S. men competed, saying, "It was a good day for the U.S. men. They really let the dogs out."

Landon Gardner (Missoula, MT) finished second for his first time competing at Squaw Valley.

"I skied five runs today and was happy with most of them. Overall I skied great and it felt really good to finish the season strong," Gardner said. "Squaw valley was awesome. I have never been to an event here and everything was awesome."

Filling out the men's podium was Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT).

"I came into this gunning for it and just had a good weekend, so I am happy," Wilson said. "Skiing was awesome today. It was just an awesome weekend."

Squaw Valley, CA - March 29, 2009
Dual Moguls

1. Sho Kashima, South Lake Tahoe, CA
2. Landon Gardner, Missoula, MT
3. Bryon Wilson, Butte, MT
4. Jeremy Cota, Steamboat Springs, CO
5. Michael Morse, Duxbury, MA
6. Dave DiGravio, Farmington, ME
7. Reed Snyderman, Winchester, MA
9. Wade Parkinson, Ridgway, CO
10. Michael Degrandis, Solon, OH

1. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA
2. Emiko Torito, Denver
3. Michelle Roark, Denver
4. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO
5. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT
6. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV
7. KC Oakley, Piedmont, CA
8. Lane Stoltzner, Telluride, CO
9. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA
10. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY
# # #

For complete results click here.

Wise Wins Fourth U.S. Title

Posted by jibcrib on April 3, 2009 at 4:38 PM Comments comments (0)


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 28) - David Wise (Reno, NV) put it all on the line for the hometown crowd Saturday to win his fourth consecutive U.S. title in skier halfpipe at the 2009 Sprint Freestyle World Cup at Squaw Valley. Jess Cumming (Wilton, CT) took the women's win for her first U.S. title.

"I'm really excited. It definitely wasn't easy," Wise said. "It feels good to be the top skier in America for the fourth time."

According to Wise, who threw a left side 900, right side 900, 1260, alleyoop flatspin 360, switch rodeo 720 for the win, winning his fourth title all came down to his final run.

"I was in fourth place going into my second run of finals, so I knew that I really needed to send it. I did that and it worked out for me. I'm pretty excited," Wise said. "I was very excited about this event because it was a home town competition. The last time I competed here I didn't make finals so it was nice to finally be able to get some redemption from that. "

Following Wise was Walter Wood (Evergreen, CO) who put down a 360, left side 900 mute grab, rodeo cork 1080 tail grab, switch alleyoop 700 to finish in second place.

"I couldn't be happier. I was just hoping to do my best and everything worked out pretty well," Wood said. "This was my first time at Squaw Valley and I was surprised at how beautiful it is. It's great weather and there were great fans, so I had a blast."

Clayton Vila (Block Island, RI) rounded out the men's halfpipe podium in third.

For Cumming, who ran an alleyoop, 540 mute grab, straight air, 700 to win at only her second U.S. championships, winning was a great way to finish the season.

"This is really exciting. I've has a pretty good season so far. It's really exciting to have that title under my belt," Cumming said. "The people have been so great. This is actually where I learned to ski. It is pretty exciting to come back here and compete."

According to Cumming, being able to see the women in her sport progress was also something she was happy to be a part of at the event.

"You could see the level of the women's talent, which was really exciting. It's exciting to see the future of the sport at this event," Cumming said.

Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) followed Cumming to finish second on the podium and Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) was third.

The 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships wrap up Sunday with men's and women's dual moguls.

Squaw Valley, CA - March 28, 2009
Skier Halfpipe

1. David Wise, Reno, NV, 48.3
2. Walter Wood, Evergreen, CO, 47.3
3. Clayton Villa, Block Island, RI, 44.9
4. Evan Schwartz, Weston, CT, 44.8
5. Evan Walls, Manchester, MA, 43.9
6. Christian Allen, Littleton, CO, 43.5
7. Michael Bochenek, Truckee, CA, 43.1
8. Tyler Peterson, Sandy, UT, 42.3 +4 (tie breaker)
9. Wing Ta Barrymore, Hailey, ID, 42.3 +1
10. Marshall Lacroix, Bondville, VT, 39.6

1. Jess Cumming, Wilton, CT, 34.5
2. Devin Logan, West Dover, VT, 33.1
3. Brita Sigourney, Carmel, CA, 28.1
4. Sophia Schwartz, Ketchum, ID, 26.7
5. Hannah Doan, Lake Placid, NY, 23.9
6. Maddie Bowman, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 22.9
7. Charity Mersereau, Frisco, CO, 22.6
8. Annalisa Drew, Andover, MA, 21.6
9. Chloe Lee, Park City, UT, 20.0
10. Casey Craig, Fairfield, CT, 19.4
# # #

For complete results click here.

Wilson, Roark Take Moguls Titles

Posted by jibcrib on April 3, 2009 at 4:36 PM Comments comments (0)

SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 27) - It was a day for new champions as Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) and Michelle Roark (Denver) each won the first moguls U.S. title of their careers Friday as the 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships kicked off in Squaw Valley.

"It's an emotional win because I've been at this a long time and I have a lot of World Cup titles, but I've never won nationals in singles. It was just very overwhelming and very exciting for me," Roark said. "Squaw Valley, I have never been here, but they put on an amazing event and it was so much fun to ski the moguls on their course. It was real moguls skiing and it felt so good."

Roark threw her first backflip of the season off the top jump and a bronco off the bottom.

Roark's win was a close call in a tie breaker with teammate Hannah Kearney which factored in a judge by judge comparison of air and speed. According to the new champ, laying down a winning run was worth the wait.

"It was a really rough World Cup season and it just felt so good to some here and lay on a run," Roark said.

While Kearney was happy for Roark, losing in a tie breaker has made her hungry for a victory in duals later this weekend.

"I'm really happy for Michelle. She's never won a moguls title before. I'm proud of her for skiing well," Kearney said. "But, I tied for first and lost it in a tie breaker. It gives me some fire for dual moguls. I don't want to lose again and duals are a great way to get out your aggression, so I plan on bringing that forward."

Finishing third for the women was local legend Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) who was happy to be competing in her hometown with friends and family watching.

"It was better than I could have expected. Everyone was out here cheering and the sun was shining and my coach who died last year was watching over me, so it was amazing," Bahrke said.

For Wilson, locking in his first U.S. championship title required letting go and giving the competition everything he had.

"It feels like nothing you can imagine. This whole season was kind of slow. I came into this event and I really wanted," Wilson said. "I was 12th in qualifying, so I just let it all hang out and it worked out."

Wilson threw a double full off the top jump and a cork 7 from the bottom to win the competition, and hopes that another title could be in the future for him.

"It's a confidence builder, for sure. I always knew I could do it. Today was the day," Wilson said. "Hopefully I can do a repeat in duals."

Following Wilson was 2008 U.S. champion Michael Morse (Duxbury, MA).

"I was excited that I skied pretty well. I really wanted to repeat, though," Morse said. "I laid down a pretty good run, but it probably wasn't my best, so I got second, which I'm happy with. I'm also happy for Bryon to win his first title."

Finishing things out in third was teammate Joe Discoe (Ridgway, CO) who was happy to finally find his rhythm.

"I just had one little mistake, which kept me off from being a little higher up on the podium, but getting third is great," Discoe said. "I finally found the skiing I was looking for and I was able to carry it through into this week and into this competition."

The 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle championships continue Saturday with skier halfpipe.

Squaw Valley, CA - March 27, 2009

1. Bryon Wilson, Butte, MT, 26.23
2. Michael Morse, Duxbury, MA, 26.18
3. Joe Discoe, Ridgway, CO, 25.90
4. Reed Snyderman, Winchester, MA, 25.69
5. Sho Kashima, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 25.61
6. Dave DiGravio, Farmington, ME, 25.53
7. Bradley Wilson, Taylorsville, UT, 24.43+ 3 (tie breaker)
8. Cody Tempel, Missoula, MT, 24.43 +2
9. Jay Panther, Las Vegas, NV, 24.42
10. Jeremy Cota, Steamboat Springs, CO, 23.91

1. Michelle Roark, Denver, 26.33 + 3 (tie breaker)
2. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, +2
3. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 26.03
4. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 25.40
5. Emiko Torito, Denver, 24.78
6. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT, 24.70
7. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 24.56
8. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA, 24.10
9. K C Oakley, Piedmont, CA, 24.03
10. Allison DiGravio, Farmington, ME, 23.69
# # #

For complete results click here.

Cabral Remembers Title as Teen

Posted by jibcrib on March 26, 2009 at 6:37 PM Comments comments (0)

SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 26) - As the 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships commence Friday at Squaw Valley, there will be one face in the crowd who is recalling a time 10 years ago when, at U.S. championships, he made history at the age of 15. Tahoe native Travis Cabral (South Lake Tahoe, CA) was a surprise winner that year in Deer Valley, going on to become a World Cup champion a few years later.

As a teenager, Cabral thought competing at U.S. Championships would merely be an awesome chance to compete alongside his heroes.

"I went into the competition thinking 'this is going to be a great competition, I'm going to learn a lot, and I get to ski with Jonny Moseley who just won the gold medal,'" Cabral said.

Little did Cabral know that at the end of the day he would become the youngest athlete to ever win a U.S. freestyle title.

"All this stuff was going through my mind and lo and behold I win the competition," Cabral said. "Honestly I didn't know what to do. It's one of those things where it's a dream, but I didn't know dreams could come true like this. I'm 15 years old and going, 'Is this real?'"

What followed his incredible win was a whirlwind of an athletic career that included a Junior World Championship silver medal, a World Cup moguls title and a spot on the 2006 Olympic team.

Following his monumental success, Cabral decided that it was time for a change of pace in his life.

"It was just one of those easy transitions. I'm done with skiing, so what's the next best thing I can do to continue helping my community and giving back," Cabral said. "I've always been one to help out every way I can, to give back to not only my community but any community. It took me two years to make a decision on what I really wanted to do and it just hit me."

Cabral's choice - become an officer at the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

"I have a lot of friends and family in the department and I've always been fascinated with that type of work," Cabral said. "I get to make money while I give back to people and help my community. It's the same as skiing, just a different profession."

With a few years on the squad under his officer's belt, Cabral says he's excited to have the freestyle world come to Squaw so he can catch up with old friends and reminisce on good times.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. Any competition we have at Tahoe is great. Now that I'm on the outside it's cool to see the friends and teammates in the community who are trying to accomplish the same goals," Cabral said. "Even though it's an individual sport, our team does a good job of working together for the same goal and I really miss that."

But, more than excitement, Cabral will remember 10 years ago being the teenager who stunned the freestyle world.

"It is home and I get to see a lot of people competing in the same event that got me to where I was," Cabral said. "It's such a cool thing to be able to still be in the sport in the sense that I can see all my friends. For me life went on, but it's also good to step back and think 'wow, we really did have a fun time. It's a good life and it's quite an experience to do what professional athletes get to do."

Cabral can still show a thing or two in the bumps. But what will most excite him this weekend at Squaw is watching the young club skiers battle the top guns like he did 10 years ago.

Squaw Set For Sprint U.S. Freestyle Champs

Posted by JibCrib on March 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM Comments comments (0)


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 23) - U.S. freestyle moguls and halfpipe skiers will be in the hunt for a national title as the final leg of the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships lands at Squaw Valley March 27-29.
"We haven't had a major event at Squaw Valley in quite a while. It's going to be awesome to go there. It's a great mountain to ski," U.S. Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles said. "Nationals is always fun for everyone because we get to see who else is on the radar out there. It's just a really good way to finish out the year."
The action kicks off Friday with men's and women's moguls where 2008 champions Emiko Torito (Denver) and Michael Morse (Duxbury, MA) are in the hunt to defend their titles against a field of stacked competitors that includes World Cup moguls champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), World Championship gold medalist Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA), and Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA).
"We've never really had an event in my home town, so I am really excited. It's going to be awesome," Bahrke said. "The competition site is at the bottom of the mountain, so everyone can watch without having to ski. Squaw just has such a great vibe. It's an awesome mountain with lots of local people and I know that Squaw is going to do a really good job."
While three-time U.S halfpipe champion Jen Hudak (Park City, UT) will not be competing due to an injury, fellow three-peeter David Wise (Reno, NV) will be returning from a second place finish during World Cup finals to attempt to make it four back-to-back national titles Saturday during the halfpipe title event.
"It means something to have that title. It was kind of the event that started my career and it means a lot to be the U.S. champion and have that under your belt. People know that that's who you are - best in the U.S. at least for one day," Wise said. "Every year U.S. Championships has been my event because it's towards the end of the season and I've got my game on and I'm skiing really well, and I don't think this year is going to be any different. I'm skiing better than I ever have been."
Wrapping the weekend with dual moguls 2008 U.S. champs Michelle Roark (Denver) and Morse are geared up to compete against the nation's best in order to reclaim their titles.
"I'm excited to go to Squaw. There are still a lot of things I want to work on in my skiing and having one competition left to do it is good. I'll hopefully ski my best and if I'm lucky I can do well again and defend my titles," Morse said.
Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships will be televised on the cable station Versus on Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m. ET and Saturday, April 11 at 4 p.m. ET. Air dates and times are subject to change, please check local listings.
2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championship Schedule:
Friday, March 27 - Men's and women's moguls
Saturday, March 28 - Men's and women's skier halfpipe
Sunday, March 29 - Men's and women's dual moguls



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