The towering peaks and intimidating steeps of the Tetons didn’t seem to affect sold-out events at the final stop of the Chevrolet Evolution Tour, March 11-13, where more than 200 riders came out for competition. Alpine mountain be darned, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort terrain park crew proved they are 110-percent behind developing tomorrow’s Olympians with their venue preparation and maintenance this weekend.
In the slopestyle, Bobby Flanagan of Sun Valley, Id., was able to mix up his qualifying run last minute to slide into the finals and then, despite a couple rail-to-chest slams in his first finals run, swept away the field of 103 men with his second to claim top spot on the podium. Allyson Carroll (Truckee, CA) turned up the heat from her qualifying run during the crunchy early-morning conditions to the soft, spring-break atmosphere of the finals to take home women’s slopestyle gold.
All eyes turned to the superpipe on Saturday as the allure of the last Junior Worlds’ Team selection event and $1,000 of Level Gloves’ prize money boosted Mackenzie Matters (Eagan, MN) and Jack Mitrani (Bondville, VT) to medal-winning runs and some pocket change for Switzerland.
Enough with the judged events… Sunday was all about quick rollers, tricky banked turns and the Chevrolet pro-jump at Jackson’s first-ever snowboardcross event. Despite spending this fall studying books and the art of going fast, Quinn Orb (Ketchum, ID) was able to spoil the field, run after run, all the way through the finals. Matters was clearly still riding high from Saturday’s success as she tried to catch Callan Chythlook (Girdwood, AK) in the women’s final. Chythlook never let up on her lead though, and captured her first win on the Evolution Tour. Coveted Project Gold belt buckles along with the Palmer Posse award were given to Chythlook and Brandon Reid.
In its first year, the Chevrolet Evolution Tour had it all: three stops in three different parts of the country, awesome venues, frozen snow, fresh snow, slush snow, enthusiastic faces and the future of snowboarding. Sponsors included Chevrolet, U.S. Snowboarding, Level Gloves, Palmer, Smith, Snowboard magazine, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Boyne Mountain, Nubs Nob, boneheadX and Killington.
CHEVROLET EVOLUTION TOUR
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo.
March 11-13, 2005
1. Bobby Flanigan 41.9 (’87) Ketchum, ID
2. Nick Fuca 40.4 (’89) Park City, UT
3. Gregory Bretz 40.0 (’90) Mammoth Lakes, CA
1. Allyson Carroll 34.8 (’88) Truckee, CA
2. Katie Williams 30.5 (’89) Bend, OR
3. Jordan Karlinksi 26.6 (’89) Snowmass Village, CO
Project Gold Award: Bobby Flanagan, Allyson Carroll
1. Jack Mitrani 43.6 (’88) Bondville, VT
2. Gavin Hill 39.9 (’88) Park City, UT
3. Gregory Bretz 37.4 (’90) Mammoth Lakes, CA
1. Mackenzie Matters 38.6 (’85) Eagan, MN
2. Avery Mackenzie 33.6 (’84) Colorado Springs, CO
3. Jordan Karlinski 31.4 (’89) Snowmass Village, CO
2005 Junior World Championships and Project Gold invitations: Jack Mitrani, Mackenzi Matters
1. Quinn Orb (’83) Ketchum, ID
2. Robert Minghini (’86) South Lake Tahoe, CA
3. Adam Johnson (83) Rochester, MA
1. Callan Chythlook (’89) Girdwood, AK
2. Mackenzie Matters (’85) Eagan, MN
3. Jordan Karlinski (’89) Snowmass Village, CO
Athletes earning invitations to the 2005 Junior World Championships, Project Gold & Palmer Posse Award: Callan Chythlook, Brandon Reid
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