Local riders spin their way onto junior worlds team | VailDaily.com

Local riders spin their way onto junior worlds team

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailySki & Snowboard Club Vails Brennen Swanson executes a method grab during a Grand Prix halfpipe competition in tamarack, Idaho, last weekend. Swanson was seventh in the event.

All of those early-season podiums brought more than just medals for Ski & Snowboard Club riders.The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association recently named its 2008 Snowboard Junior Worlds team, with four SSCV athletes making the squad.We only had one last year, and three are going this year, said SSCV snowboarding program director Ben Boyd. This is awesome. Weve had a slew of great results this year.Avons Ellen Feldman is one of six girls heading to Russia for the 2008 World Junior Championships in late March.This will definitely be the biggest competition Ill do so far, Feldman said.U.S. Rookie Team Rider and Edwards resident Broc Waring and SSCVs Brennen Swanson were awarded two of the five mens halfpipe spots.I qualified last year, but it was canceled because they didnt have snow, Waring said.Kim Krahulec was named to the womens snowboard cross team.Athletes were named to the team based on their results from the Revolution Tour, where SSCV riders have been dominant.Feldman won the halfpipe contest at the first two Revolution Tour stops and was second in the most recent competition in Park City, Utah.They had a 22-foot halfpipe and it was like a taco it wasnt wide enough for the walls, Feldman said.Swanson was third at the Park City event while teammate Bryan Daino, who made the finals for the Session, was fifth. Swanson was seventh last weekend at a Grand Prix in Tamarack, Idaho.I fell on my second run on the last hit, but that was supposed to be my banger run, Swanson said.Even before the Revolution Tour started, Waring threw down a solid result, taking eighth in a World Cup in Italy.Ive been getting more consistent with my tricks, getting more amplitude and landing better, said Waring, who has spent time doing photo and magazine shoots.In the month or so before worlds, Feldman hopes to perfect some new tricks.It would be cool to do a frontside 900 there, she said. Ive tried it a couple times. I want to get a couple under my belt before I go, and maybe have my cab 5 be a bit better.Several riders will head to Mt. Hood, Ore., next week for another Revolution Tour stop.Bidez back in formMinturns Clair Bidez awoke from a mid-season slumber last weekend with a pair of second-place finishes in top-level halfpipe events.Saturday, Bidez took second at the Grand Prix halfpipe in Tamarack, Idaho. Then on Monday, Bidez took second at the Jeep King of the Mountain halfpipe in Squaw Valley, Calif.I seem to see a trend emerging in my riding where I dont do well at the beginning of the season, but starting towards the middle and end, finish strong, Bidez said in an e-mail. This weekend was super busy and really successful.After nailing her run in Idaho, which included a frontside 9, Bidez, a U.S. Team rider, and several teammates headed out to California.Actually, it was very easy because the people from the King of the Mountain were awesome enough to provide some of us on the U.S. Team a private jet, Bidez said.At the inaugural Jeep snowboarding halfpipe event, Bidez laid down a great first run that put her in third, then jumped up on spot on her second run.I was planning on doing a frontside 900, but ended up overrotating my first hit to a 720, so I had to improvise, Bidez said. I ended up doing frontside 720, cab 360, frontside 540, backside 540 and a couple airs.Bidez, who was at a photoshoot with Nikita one of her sponsors will be home for three weeks to ride and train for the next Grand Prix and the U.S. Open.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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