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Feldman, Krahulec named to USASA national team

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado

VAIL Two Ski & Snowboard Club Vail riders were recently named to the United States of America Snowboard Associations National Team.Ellen Feldman, who will be a senior at Battle Mountain, was one of three girls tapped for the slopestyle squad and was chosen as an alternate for the halfpipe team. Kim Krahulec, who lives in Silverthorne, was selected to the boardercross team.Thats the best news Ive heard all summer, said Feldman, when she found out about some of the other team members. Its cool because it definitely raises my confidence as far as next season goes.The USASA formed its national squad this season, giving some junior riders the opportunity to train with other top riders and coaches, as well as attend select events. Riders were named to the team based on results from the USASA Nationals and series like the Revolution Tour.Those kids are earmarked as kids with potential, said SSCV snowboarding program director Ben Boyd. Its another pipeline. A few kids are already on the U.S. (Snowboarding) Team.In addition to the access to top coaches, the riders feel the USASA team will help them with sponsorships.I know its good for me because itll take a lot of pressure off sponsorship wise, Feldman said. Money is an issue.For both Feldman and Krahulec, the announcement capped off breakthrough seasons.It was a good year, said Krahulec, who performed well at the Grand Prix races and took second at Canadian Nationals.Feldman had many top finishes and pulled new big tricks, like a 720 at the USASA slopestyle finals.This year was amazing I had the best time, Feldman said.

Two weeks ago, SSCV riders were in at Mt. Hood in Timberline, Ore., for the US Junior Team camp as well as the final stop of the Revolution Tour.Bryan Daino, who was attending a Windells camp at Mt. Hood, took eighth in the halfpipe competition out a strong field. Although Daino wasnt selected to the US Junior Team Camp, he still placed better than most riders.He progressed so much this year and was the first kid in our program to land a 1080 in the pipe, Boyd said.Feldman took fifth in the halfpipe, getting amplitude on back 540s.It was kind of intimidating because it was the U.S. Snowboarding Team, Feldman said. It was humbling to see everyone there.In addition to snowboarding, Feldman got the chance to skateboard with riders like Ellery Hollingsworth.That place was so cool, Feldman said of the camp.For the rest of the summer, Feldman hopes to practice her other sport.Skateboarding is what I do on the side, she said. Sometimes I have more fun skateboarding and realize I can have fun snowboarding and progress, too.Krahulec is recovering from hip surgery after she injured herself at Canadian Nationals.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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