’01 U.S. SNOWBOARD TEAM ANNOUNCED
PARK CITY, Utah (Aug. 29) – Former giant slalom world champion SondraVan Ert (Ketchum, ID) and ’00 Gravity Games and X Games halfpipemedalist Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth Lakes, CA) highlight a solid core ofreturning talent that headlines the 20-member U.S. Snowboard Team namedTuesday for the 2001 season. Head Coach Peter Foley is looking toimprove on the 60-plus podium finishes the team posted last season as itheads into a World Championships year and the final warm-up sessionsbefore the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Team selection wasbased on results from both domestic and international events.
“We are looking really strong going into this season,” said Foley. “Wehave all of our veterans returning and have added some strong newtalent.”
Highlighting the men’s freestyle team are halfpipe rippers Czeschin andRob Kingwill (Jackson Hole, WY). Czeschin proved he is one of thestrongest ‘pipe competitors in the world as he took the silver medal atthe Gravity Games, bronze at the X Games and recorded a pair of WorldCup wins. Kingwill won two Chevy S-10U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix events en route to finishing second overall onthe tour. They each took home medals at the inaugural Winter GoodwillGames as Czeschin won silver and Kingwill took the bronze behind RossPowers. Both enter their sixth season with the U.S. Team. Also returningare ’99 halfpipe world champion Ricky Bower (Park City, UT), U.S.snowboardcross champion Seth Wescott (Farmington, ME) and Zach Horwitz(Carbondale, CO).
A trio of East Coast riders will continue to put on shows in women’shalfpipe. Tricia Byrnes (New Canaan, CT) and Kim Stacey (Stratton Mt.,VT) both return while 16-year old Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT), the ’00World Junior halfpipe champion, joins the team this season. Byrnes isthe reigning Goodwill Games champion and won five World Cup events lastseason to finish second in the standings, while Stacey won a bronzemedal at the Gravity Games and is the U.S. halfpipe champion. Inaddition to her World Junior championship, Clark took home thegold in the snowboardcross at the X-nix U.S. Championships. JoiningClark on the newcomer list is Gretchen Bleiler (Snowmass, CO), aColorado native who took third in the pipe at the U.S. Championships.
In the gates, Van Ert, a 1998 Olympian and ’97 World Championships giantslalom winner, returns for her seventh year. Aside from a solid WorldCup season, including two victories, Van Ert won the super G at theinaugural Winter Goodwill Games and finished as the alpine champion onthe Chevy S-10 Grand Prix tour. Lisa Kosglow (Boise, ID) looks to have afull season after missing a good chunk of last year with a hip injury.Veteran Stacia Hookom (Edwards, CO) had three Grand Prix podiums and abronze medal at the Goodwill Games, and is hoping to carry her domesticsuccess overseas. Erin O’Malley (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and Lynn Ott (Bend,OR) also return.
Jeff Archibald (Salt Lake City) and Jeff Greenwood (Granby, CT) arestoked for the season to start after each recovered from injuries thatsidelined him last season. Anton Pogue (Hood River, OR), the ’00 U.S.slalom champion, had two World Cup podiums last season, including one insnowboardcross.
Also coming back as part of the training team are alpine riders ChrisKlug (Aspen, CO) and Rosey Fletcher (Girdwood, AK). Klug, like Van Ert,won the Grand Prix alpine title and had a World Cup victory last season.He recently had a successful liver transplant due to a rare disease andis not anticipating missing any World Cupaction. Fletcher collected a pair of World Cup wins and was second atthe Goodwill Games SG.
“We’re really keying on parallel GS as that is the Olympic event,” saidFoley. “Some of our riders have really stepped it up in this area andwe’ll be looking for some podiums at Worlds this season.”
Additions to the team may be made over the summer and fall monthsfollowing training camps.
World Championships will be held Jan. 21-28 at Madonna di Campiglio,ITA. The season also features the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix.The tour will make stops at Okemo, VT, Breckenridge, CO and a third siteto be named. The X-nix U.S. Championships, which also double as theGrand Prix Finals, will be heldin March at Sunday River, ME.
Men’s A Team:
Jeff Archibald (Salt Lake City; alpine)
Ricky Bower (Park City, UT; freestyle)
Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth Lakes, CA; freestyle)
Jeff Greenwood (Granby, CT; alpine)
Rob Kingwill (Jackson Hole, WY; freestyle)
Anton Pogue (Hood River, OR; alpine)
Seth Wescott (Farmington, ME; freestyle)
Men’s B Team
Zach Horwitz (Carbondale, CO; freestyle)
Men’s Development Team
Pete Macomber (Breckenridge, CO; alpine)Chris Nelson (Mammoth Lakes, CA; freestyle)
Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, ID; alpine)
Women’s A Team
Tricia Byrnes (New Canaan, CT; freestyle)
Stacia Hookom (Edwards, CO; alpine)
Lisa Kosglow (Boise, ID; alpine)
Kim Stacey (Stratton Mt., VT; freestyle)
Sondra Van Ert (Ketchum, ID; alpine)
Women’s B Team
Gretchen Bleiler (Snowmass, CO; freestyle)
Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT; freestyle)
Erin O’Malley (Mammoth Lakes, CA; alpine)
Lynn Ott (Bend, OR; alpine)
Rosey Fletcher (Girdwood, AK; alpine)
Chris Klug (Aspen, CO; alpine)