Mt. Hood, OR—With the second straight bluebird competition day at Windells in the books, the Chevrolet Revolution Tour officially closed out the 2006 season Wednesday with Josh Dodson (Bend, OR) and Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT) stomping victories in slopestyle.
It was Dodson’s his first competition back after he suffered a fractured tibia and fibula when competing in the U.S. Open last March, but the 16-year-old had time to dial his run while training at Windells all week with his teammates from the Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation.
“This was only my third time back on snow since the U.S. Open and it feels good to be riding so quickly,” said Dodson, who has competed in a number of Revolution Tour events. “It was a short course with a couple of rails and a couple of jumps, but the features were good and it was a lot of fun. There are a lot of really good riders here, so this victory is big.”
For Gulini, she cashed in on her first trip to Windells with some professional coaching from U.S. Snowboarding as part of the Project Gold freestyle camp that began June 13.
“This contest was so fun and it went really fast,” said the 14-year-old,” I’d never been in a Revolution Tour event before and they are so much better organized than any contest I’ve ever been in. It’s so nice not to have to wait around all day. The features were mellow, but really fun.”
Rounding out the top three for the men was Tyler Troy (Wilton, CT) and Bobby Flanigan (Ketchum, ID), while Katie Williams (Bend, OR) and Mikaela Casey (Mound, MN) nabbed the final two spots for the women.
Rick Bower, 1999 World halfpipe champion and fresh addition to the U.S. Snowboarding coaching roster broke down the camp and the contest like this:
“These riders are truly unbelievable. These kids learned more tricks in a few days than I learned in all the camps I’d ever attended. They are so hungry to learn and it’s really cool to think that these are the riders we’ll be taking to the Junior World Championships. The pipeline for developing these riders is in place and it’s fulfilling as a former athlete to move into the coaching rank and see this kind of progression. That’s what the Project Gold camp and the Revolution Tour is all about and these kids are stomping it.”
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Chevrolet Revolution Tour
Windells Camp – Slopestyle
Mt. Hood, OR – June 21 2006
1. Josh Dodson, Bend, Ore., 38.8
2. Tyler Troy, Wilton, Conn., 33.7
3. Bobby Flanigan, Ketchum, Idaho, 32.2
1. Faye Gulini, Salt Lake City, Utah, 26.7
2. Katie Williams, Bend, Ore., 26.3
3. Mikaela Casy, Mound, Minn., 24.1