Snowboarding debuted as a medal sport in the 1998 Nagano Olympics and will come home to the U.S. next February at Park City, Utah for the 2002 Winter Olympiad.

It was the Grand Prix events that determined the first U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team, and they continue to be significant for the riders who hope to compete at Park City in 2002. As the designated representative and governing body for snowboarding in the U.S., the USSA (United Ski and Snowboarding Association) is responsible for bringing aspiring Olympic athletes up through the ranks via competitions. This objective gave birth to the Grand Prix series.

The U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix’s began back in 1996. The ’99/00 400,000-dollar series was sponsored by Chevy and included contests at Mammoth Mountain, California; Breckenridge, Colorado; Northstar-at-Tahoe, California; and the Grand Prix Finals/U.S. Championships at Okemo, Vermont. Besides the 10,000 first-, 5,000 second-, and 2,500 third-place cash prizes at each stop, the overall male and female winners for the series, Jasey Jay Anderson and Shannon Dunn, received brand-new 2000 Chevy S-10 ZR2 trucks. Cash bonuses were handed out to the year’s halfpipe and Alpine champs to the tune of 7,000 dollars each. Rob Kingwill, Shannon Dunn, Chris Klug, and Sondra Van Ert will be able use that money to keep themselves on the road for the ’00/01 series, which stops in Okemo, Vermont; Mammoth Mountain, California; Breckenridge, Colorado; and the 2001 Finals/U.S. Championships at Sunday River, Maine.

For more information, dates, television schedules, and a complete listing of riders in both the halfpipe and Alpine disciplines, visit USSA’s Web site at: www.usssnowboard.com.

’99/00 Overall Halfpipe Male Standings
1. Rob Kingwill
2. Mark Reilly
3. Adam Petraska
4. Seth Wescott
5. Luke Wynen
6. Ricky Bower
7. Tommy Czeschin
8. Ross Powers
9. Danny Kass
10. Todd Richards, Elijah Teter (tie)

’99/00 Overall Halfpipe Female Standings
1. Shannon Dunn
2. Kim Stacey
3. Tricia Byrnes
4. Natasza Zurek
5. Kelly Clark
6. Aurelie Sayres
7. Gretchen Bleiler
8. Amy Johnson
9. Autumn Rose
10. Cara-Beth Burnside