Seven locals selected for U.S. Snowboarding camps
MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – The snow in Vail may be gone, but there’s plenty in Mount Hood, Ore., this time of year.Three riders from Ski and Snowboard Club Vail can attest to this fact, having recently spent time there at a U.S. Snowboarding Junior Camp for halfpipe and slopestyle.Six riders from SSCV were selected for the camp, but only Broc Waring, Julya Chapman and Bryan Daino could attend. Multi-disciplined up-and-comers, Lindsey Telling and Sabrina St. Marie, who, respectively, competed in the Winter X Games and World Cup events this year, could not attend because of injury. Teammate Ellen Feldman also didn’t make the trip for the same reason.SSCV snowboarding program director Ben Boyd said it was disappointing that three of the six riders picked couldn’t go, considering an invite to the camps is a huge honor. But, Boyd said, the recognition is still important.
“It is a great pat on the back for these kids to be identified as some of the leading juniors in the country,” he said.As for Waring, Daino and Chapman, Boyd said, “They really stepped up and progressed at the camp.”St. Marie and SSCV rider Kim Krahulec were also recently selected to a U.S. Snowboarding Junior Team camp for boardercross at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., but neither could attend.Boyd himself was selected to coach at the halfpipe camp, and SSCV head boardercross coach Nathan Park was selected to coach at the camp in California.”It is great to see Nate recognized,” Boyd said. “We are stoked and lucky to have him in Vail with us. He took five athletes to Gravity Games this year, one to X Games and one to the World Cup. His results and his professionalism speak for themselves.”
While in Oregon, Waring, Chapman and Daino competed in halfpipe and slopestyle in the first Evolution Tour event of the 2005-06 season. The Evolution Tour is a national circuit used to select athletes to the U.S. Junior Team for the FIS World Junior Championships, which will next be held in South Korea in January 2006. The top three finishers in each event also get automatic invites to the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, which will be held in Breckenridge and Mount Bachelor, Oregon, this season.Waring took seventh in slopestyle and Chapman finished second in the halfpipe competition.”Broc rode great and really pushed his riding,” Boyd said. “Julya had the best pipe run I have ever seen her have. This gives her automatic entry to the Grand Prix. It was a great to see a hard worker like Jules step up and see success. It was really well deserved.”Currently, riders in the SSCV program are on a three-week break, but will be back on the snow soon. Boyd will be heading up a trip to New Zealand in late July and August for three weeks of training and competition, including the Burton New Zealand Open.
“Our kids work hard, and for our elite riders, they ride all year long,” he said. “It’s good to see them reaping the rewards.” For more information on the snowboard programs at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, check out http://www.skiclubvail.org or e-mail Ben Boyd at email@example.com.Vail, Colorado