PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 24) – 1998 Olympic halfpipe bronze medalist Ross Powers(S. Londonderry, VT), and former world champions Jeff Greenwood (Granby,CT), Mike Jacoby (Hood River, OR) and Sondra Van Ert (Ketchum, ID) headlinethe list of athletes named to the 1999 U.S. Snowboard Team announced Mondayby the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

In addition to his ’98 Olympic gold medal, Powers was the 1996 World Cuphalfpipe champion and world champion. Last season, he was the X-Nix U.S.Snowboard Championships halfpipe champion, while capturing wins at theBud Light American Snowboard Tour event in Sugarbush, Maine, the Bud LightU.S. Snowboard Grand Prix in Mammoth Mountain, Calif. and the 1998 WinterX-Games.

Joining Powers on this year’s team are 1998 U.S. Open halfpipe championRob Kingwill (Jackson, WY), 1996 World champion Greenwood and 1997 Worldchampions Van Ert and Jacoby.

Greenwood won the GS title at the ’96 FIS World Championships and lastseason, he cruised to victory at the first World Cup competition of theyear in Tignes, France. Jacoby, a 1998 Olympian, captured the parallelslalom gold medal and a silver in GS at the 1997 FIS World Championshipsin San Candido, Italy; he also picked up the GS silver medal at the ’96FIS World Snowboard Championships. Van Ert, a onetime World Cup alpineski racer, won the ’96 FIS World Cup women’s giant slalom title beforewinning the 1997 World Championships. Last season, she finished 12th atthe Olympic Winter Games before capturing the X-Nix U.S. Snowboard Championship GS title in Sunday River.

“For this year’s team, we were really concentrating on getting athleteswho will be with us for the long term,” said Head Coach Peter Foley. “We’vegot some quality athletes who should be with us through the 2002 Olympics.There are some proven veterans on this year’s team, as well as some youngriders that we feel can really excel in a program like ours.”The 1999 U.S. Snowboard TeamMen’s Alpine
A Team: Jeff Greenwood (Granby, CT), Rob Berney (Whitefish, MT), MikeJacoby (Hood River, OR), Anton Pogue (Hood River, OR), Jeff Archibald(Salt Lake City, UT);
C Team: Shannon Melhuse (Salem, OR)

Women’s Alpine
A Team: Sondra Van Ert (Ketchum, ID), Stacia Hookom (Edwards, CO);
B Team:Lynn Ott (Bend, OR), Erin O’Malley (Mammoth, CA)

Men’s Halfpipe
A Team:Ross Powers (S. Londonderry, VT), Rob Kingwill (Jackson, WY),Adam Petraska (Chester, VT);
B Team: Tommy Czeschin (Crowley Lake, CA),Ron Chiodi (Bondville, VT), Luke Wynen (Reading, PA);
C Team: Chris Nelson(Mammoth, CA), Zach Horwitz (Carbondale, CO), Ricky Bower (Park City,UT).

Women’s Halfpipe
A Team:
Tricia Byrnes (New Canaan, CT);
C Team: Griselda Gonzalez (Saratoga,CA), Annemarie Uliasz (Huntington Beach, CA), Sabrina Sadeghi (Aspen,CO), Kim Stacey (Stratton Mtn., VT).