Shaun White and other top riders set for Session
VAIL – The men’s and women’s competition fields for the Honda Session invitational snowboard event is now complete as 11 men and four women have been selected for wildcard spots in the 2006 event, January 12-15.
Prior to the final wildcard selection process, the Vail Valley Foundation, organizers of the Honda Session, collaborated with the snowboarding industry and leading manufacturer teams to nominate the best riders for team spots, while the top five finishers from the 2005 Salomon Rails and Bud Light Slopestyle competitions were automatic qualifiers.
“The Honda Session has quickly become recognized as one of the premier events in all of snowboarding,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, “because we have enjoyed a constant and open dialogue with the snowboard industry and the riders. These are the people on the front line of innovation in the sport and they provide the perfect sounding board for us to not only ensure that we have the best riders, but also that the event stays on the cutting edge.”
Heading up the list of men’s wildcard selections are 2002 Olympic silver medalist Danny Kass, along with Travis Rice, Marc Frank Montoya and Chad Otterstrom, while the women’s wildcards are highlighted by Janna Meyen and Torah Bright.The 2006 Honda Session will get underway Jan. 13, with the Salomon men’s and women’s Rails competitions, while the men’s slopestyle event is slated for Jan. 14. The Salomon Sunday session free pro clinic and public rails competition will bring the Honda Session full circle on Jan. 15.Vail Colorado