PARK CITY, Utah (May 14) à‚Ë† Ten athletes have been named to the U.S.Snowboard A Team for the 2002 season, the U.S. Ski and SnowboardAssociation said Monday. In addition, two riders will remain on theTraining Team and another 12 have been named to the development squad.
The specific 2002 U.S. Olympic Team will be named in mid to lateJanuary.
The alpine list includes three riders with Olympic experience, amongthem Chris Klug (Aspen, CO) and Rosey Fletcher (Girdwood, AK). Klug andFletcher were the first two athletes named to the ’98 Olympic Team. Bothare members of the Training Team, meaning they choose to remainsemi-independent and not take advantage of full Team funding. However,they operate as full Team members when it comes to training as they arerequired to attend camps and are able to utilize the skilled U.S.coaches, trainers and wax technicians.
Sondra Van Ert (Ketchum, ID) owns the most competition experience ofanyone on the Team. The ’97 world giant slalom champion competed at the’98 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, the first year that snowboarding wasrecognized as an Olympic sport.
Jeff Greenwood (Hartford, CT), Anton Pogue (Hood River, OR) and StaciaHookom (Edwards, CO) round out the alpine team. Pogue picked up a bronzemedal in parallel slalom at the ’01 FIS World Championships in Italy.
The women’s freestyle team includes three of the best riders in theworld. Tricia Byrnes (Stratton Mt., VT) Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT) andGretchen Bleiler (Snowmass Village, CO), have finished on the podium atleast once in a major contest including Vans Triple Crowns, the U.S.Open, Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix and the Sims WorldSnowboarding Championships.
Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth Lakes, CA) heads up the men’s freestylecontingent. Czeschin, coming back from surgery after blowing out hisright knee in April, put together a solid ’01 season, highlighted by asilver medal at the X Games.
Joining Czeschin is Park City local favorite and ’99 FIS world championRicky Bower and former U.S. Open winner Rob Kingwill (Jackson, WY).
The 2002 U.S. Snowboard Team:
Alpine à‚Ë† Men: Jeff Greenwood (25; Hartford, CT) and Anton Pogue (32;Hood River, OR)
Alpine à‚Ë† Women: Stacia Hookom (25; Edwards, CO) and Sondra Van Ert (37;Ketchum, ID; ’98 Olympian)
Freestyle à‚Ë† Men: Ricky Bower (23; Park City, UT), Tommy Czeschin (21;Mammoth Lakes, CA), Seth Wescott (24; Farmington, ME) and Rob Kingwill (25; Jackson, WY)
Freestyle à‚Ë† Women: Gretchen Bleiler (20; Snowmass Village, CO), TriciaByrnes (26; Stratton Mt., VT) and Kelly Clark (17; Mt. Snow, VT)
Alpine Development Team à‚Ë† Men: Pete Macomber (28; Breckenridge, CO),Ryan McDonald (21; Entiat, WA), Ian Price (24; Manchester Center, VT),Adam Smith (20; Bend, OR), Eric Warren (19; Bennington, VT) and GrahamWatanabe (19; Sun Valley, ID)
Alpine Development Team à‚Ë† Women: Claire Cetera (17; Sun Valley, ID),Lisa Kosglow (27; Boise, ID), Lisa Odynski (26; Reno, NV), Erin O’Malley(23; Mammoth Lakes, CA) and Lynn Ott (33; Bend, OR)
Freestyle Development Team: Zach Horwitz (26; Carbondale, CO).
Alpine Training Team à‚Ë† Rosey Fletcher (25; Girdwood, AK; ’98 Olympian)and Chris Klug (28; Aspen, CO; ’98 Olympian).