Bidez 8th at Superpipe in Park City
The front-page photo looked a lot worse than the actual fall itself.
And hey, if your first front-page shot is of you taking a digger at the World Superpipe Championships in Park City, Utah, at least you can say that it was, well, the World Superpipe Championships and you were in it.
These are bragging rights that Minturn’s Claire Bidez can lay claim to after the 16-year-old girl-wonder took eighth in the superpipe final in Utah last Saturday and wound up on the front page of the local Park Record.
“It was my last run,” Bidez said, referring to her photo-op. “I decided that I was going to try a McTwist, which I have been working on all season. I took off too early, though, and decked out. The shot was actually taken after I had bounced off the lip, and was falling back into the pipe.”
While Bidez didn’t land her inverted spin, she did land an assortment of other tricks in her three runs in the pipe including 540 melon grabs, cab 360s and 720s to finish eighth in a field of who’s who in women’s snowboarding.
Kelly Clark of Mount Snow, Vt., won the competition with a score of 96.80, while Elena Hight, the youngest competitor in the field at 14, took second with an 84.40.
“Elena got second doing the same run that I did, I just didn’t have as clean of a run,” Bidez said.
Next up for Bidez is the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Western Regionals this weekend in Aspen, where she will again compete in the halfpipe before heading to the last Triple Crown event of the season March 6-7 at Northstar in Tahoe, Calif.
“Right now it’s exhausting,” Bidez said. “I haven’t had much time to just freeride or session. I’ve been traveling a lot, but I’m still having a great time.”
Not to be outdone by older sis, 14-year old Dylan Bidez has also been making tracks in the world of snowboarding.
Bidez was recently selected as a member of the 2004 United States of America Snowboard Association’s All American Team and will be jetting off to Val Di Sole, Italy, Monday to compete in the Trofeo Topolino Junior Worlds.
Disney of Europe is the title sponsor and host of the event at the resorts of Folgarida and Marilleva. Bidez will compete in the halfpipe against other 14-and-under youth from around the world, as the U.S. team tries to become the Champion Country of the event.
This weekend Dylan will join his sister Claire in Aspen at the USSA Western Regional, and will compete in both the halfpipe and boardercross competitions.
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