Feldman spins twice, rewarded plenty
VAIL – When Ellen Feldman rides, people watch. When she talks, people listen.Feldman, the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail snowboarder, recently added a pretty sweet move to her bag or tricks. And while she was rewarded for her riding at the United States of America Snowboarding Associtation nationals, she picked up hardware from her club that recognizing her citizenship within the sport.At the USASA nationals, Feldman took third in the slopestyle, thanks to a 720 off a big jump.”You don’t see many guys pulling that off,” said SSCV program director Ben Boyd.”It was the first front 720 I ever tried,” said Feldman, who goes to Battle Mountain. “That was the highlight. I was so stoked – I didn’t care how I finished.”
Even though Feldman later fell on that run, the judges rewarded her with a score that stood as third-best. With several other top-finishes throughout the season, Feldman finished up a career year.”It was amazing. I learned how to do (720’s) in the pipe and started to spin off jumps and hit bigger things,” Feldman said.With competitions done for the season, Feldman got some year-end awards at the SSCV banquet. Not only was Feldman given the Craig Kelley Memorial Award, which recognizes a snowboarder who demonstrates the combination of athletics, citizenship and academic excellence, she was also given the Gaynor MIller Leadership Award – a clubwide honor for the athlete who exhibits the highest standards of sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication.”I was really happy and surprised,” Feldman said. “I didn’t think I’d win the club-wide award. It meant a lot because the other years I didn’t get anything.”Boyd wasn’t surprised, however.
“She goes out and helps with the younger kids and makes sure she knows everyone in our program,” Boyd said. And Feldman’s been a recruiting asset for the program.”A couple of my friends joined because of me – I was the only person they knew,” Feldman said.Feldman, who also spends time volunteering with the Snowboard Outreach Society, knows there’s more than just winning events.”Anyone can be good,” Feldman said. “It’s more how you act around other people. It’s part of the sport, I think … if (snowboarding) doesn’t work out, at least I have something from it.”
The next generationAt USASA nationals, where Feldman was the oldest SSCV competitor, many of the younger boarders shined. Talia Caradonna (6), Blake Moller (6), Cody Warble (7), Sean Roley (8), Ky Caradonna (8), Charlotte Adkins (10), Ryan Wachendorfer (11) and Maddie Roley (11) all attended, while those qualifying but not attending were Broc Waring, Brodie Waring, Addy Walchek, RD Cordova, Kendall Wilson and Kim Krahulec.Warble took fourth in slopestyle and boardercross, and was third in halfpipe as well as the freestyle overall. Caradonna took fourth in slalom and giant slalom, and also took fourth in the alpine overall. Wachendorfer was fourth overall.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.