PARK CITY, Utah (Dec. 12) — Solid performances have earned alpine riders Adam Smith (Tangent, OR) and Eric Warren (Bennington, VT) upgrades to the U.S. Snowboarding A and B teams respectively, according to Alpine Head Coach Nick Smith.
“We’re after depth on the squad right now – both in terms of bodies in the finals and bodies moving through the finals, said Smith. Both Adam and Eric have shown in the early going this World Cup season that they are capable of stepping it up to become top riders worldwide. These promotions are merely a method for the staff and the organization to show that we support their goals, their commitment, and their efforts and that their results will not go unnoticed.
Smith made history with an Oct. 26 parallel slalom win at the first World Cup to be held indoors. It was only his fourth career World Cup final and he converted his momentum into consistency with a ninth place parallel giant slalom finish at the early Dec. World Cup in Tandadalen, Sweden. After five races, Smith sits seventh in the overall parallel standings.
For Warren, now sixth on the World Cup PGS standings, a banner start to the ’04 season with two World Cup top-10 finishes notched him the slot. Originally named to the development roster, he opened the season with a fourth place PGS result at the Valle Nevado, Chile, World Cup opener in Sept. He then posted a 10th place finish on a very tough course in Soelden, Austria.
“The coaches have noticed that these guys have got the results, we’ve seen how hard they’ve been training and racing and we’re here to help them perform. There are lofty goals set on all these guys and Adam and Eric have stepped up to the plate and showed us they want to bring their riding to the next level — it’s our job to help them get there, said Smith.