U.S. Snowboard Team athlete Stacia Hookom (Edwards, CO) and Ian Price (Manchester Center, VT) wrapped up their seasons in style Sunday as they were crowned U.S. parallel giant slalom champions at the X-nix U.S. Snowboard Championships at sunny Northstar-at-Tahoe.
ESPN will air coverage of the championships April 13 at 2 p.m. EST.
On another bluebird day at Northstar, Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson won the men’s race. He was followed by Price, Benjamin Fairchild (Bothell, WA) and Chris Klug (Aspen, CO), the reigning PGS champion, in the finals. Price was the highest finishing U.S. rider, so he was named the U.S. champion.
Hookom capped off an impressive few days of racing by defeating reigning champion Rosey Fletcher (Girdwood, AK) in the finals. Lisa Kosglow (Boulder, CO) finished third and Lisa Odynski (Reno, NV) took fourth.
Truckee was definitely an appropriate town to hold the event in as Hookom and Anderson were awarded new Chevy Trucks for their wins. Wyatt Caldwell (Sun Valley, ID) and Gretchen Bleiler (Snowmass Village, CO) won trucks Saturday after claiming victories in the halfpipe competition.
The top 16 men and women riders from a morning qualification round advanced to the head-to-head portion of the race.
Hookom is now the proud owner of a pair of U.S. titles as she won the slalom race on the same hill Friday. She’s been riding solid PGS this season, finishing first at the Mount Bachelor Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix in Oregon. Internationally, Hookom had a handful of top-20 World Cup finishes, including a ninth in Bardonecchia, Italy.
“I feel like I’ve been riding really well lately,” said Hookom. “Slalom is my strongest and most favorite event, but it’s always nice to have a good finish in other races as well. I just came out here and wanted to do my best and have fun, and it really worked out well.”
“Stacia’s been riding really well over the past month or so,” said U.S. coach Peter Foley. “She’s had strong domestic results again, but also fared well in some international events, which has been a goal of hers.”
Two-time Olympian Fletcher came into the week as the reigning champion in both slalom and parallel giant slalom, winning those titles last season at Sunday River in Maine. She had a five-second lead after the first run of Friday’s slalom, but blew out on her second run.
Anderson is certainly no stranger to the top podium spot. The ’02 overall World Cup winner won a Chevy Truck for winning the overall Grand Prix title in 2000. A two-time Olympian, Anderson had six World Cup podiums this season, half of those coming in PGS. The other three were snowboardcross wins.
Primarily a speed racer, Price spent the ’02 season competing on a couple of different levels including World Cup, Continental Cup and the AST tour. He had a Continental Cup win early in the season at Copper Mountain, Colo. and an AST win in February at Sugar Bowl, Calif.
Klug, the 2002 Olympic bronze medalist in PGS, had his sights set on a new truck, but fell short. However, his week was by no means wasted as he won the slalom title Friday.
All seven members of the 2002 U.S. alpine snowboard Olympic squad competed Sunday.
The PGS wrapped up another successful X-nix U.S. Snowboard Championships. Disciplines included snowboardcross, slalom, halfpipe and PGS. All eight U.S. champions were new as they all dethroned last season’s winners.
“The championships turned out to be a really fun event,” said Foley. “It was a great way to finish out an exciting Olympic year. We had most of the Olympians competing here, but we also got to see some new faces on the podiums.”
X-NIX U.S. SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPSNorthstar-at-Tahoe – March 31Truckee, CAParallel Giant Slalom
MEN1. Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada
2. Ian Price, Manchester Center, VT
3. Benjamin Fairchild, Bothell, WA
4. Chris Klug, Aspen, CO
5. Jeff Greenwood, Hartford, CT
6. Peter Thorndike, Meredith, N.H.
7. Mark Fawcett, Canada
8. Jerome Sylvestre, Canada
9. Adam Casanova, Glenwood Springs, CO
10. Eric Warren, Bennington, VT
11. Quinn Orb, Ketchum, ID
12. Zachary Kay, Mount Shasta, CA
13. Matt Drinker, Northampton, MA
14. Brad Dumas, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
15. Mike Kwiatkowski, Canada
16. Anton Pogue, Hood River, OR
1. Stacia Hookom, Edward, CO
2. Rosey Fletcher, Girdwood, AK
3. Lisa Kosglow, Boulder, CO
4. Lisa Odynski, Reno, NV
5. Sondra Van Ert, Ketchum, ID
6. Brigette Koeck, Austria
7. Alexa Loo, Canada
8. Melissa Barclay, Canada
9. Constance Boisvert, Canada
10. Rebecca Bassett, Quincy, WA
11. Aimee Newton, Canada
12. Michelle Charles, Canada
13. Lindsey Jacobellis, Bondville, VT
14. Sarah Jane Hamor, Danbury, N.H.
15. Jenni Macdonald, Madison, N.H.
16. Claire Cetera, Sun Valley, ID