Sibling snowboarders both go national
MINTURN – When a 6-year-old Dylan Bidez taught his older sister how to snowboard, he was a good sport about the way he remained relatively low-key while her career took off.Now, at 15, Bidez, who lives in Minturn and has been riding with Team Summit for most of his competitive career, is going to get new opportunities to shine.Bidez was recently invited to join his sister Clair on the United States Snowboarding Team, and will be traveling the world competing and training, beginning next month.”I’ve pretty much been really supportive of how my sister’s doing,” Bidez said. “I don’t get jealous. But since she made the U.S. Team a few years back, that’s when I started to get into it.”
Last season, Bidez had some major breakthroughs, including making it into the handful of finalists at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix in Breckenridge, sweeping the halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross events at the Sports Illustrated for Kids contest at Keystone, finishing 19th in slopestyle at The Session in Vail and making it to the semifinals at the U.S. Open. To cap the season, Bidez was also the top American finisher with a sixth place in halfpipe at the junior worlds in South Korea.The top team”I get to be coached by the best coaches in the U.S.,” Bidez said. “I get to train with some of the best snowboarders in the U.S. We travel to all the major contests and have training camps all over. Being on the team gets you more publicity, and sponsors consider you more of a professional athlete.”Bidez and Steamboat Springs rider Matt Ladley are the only two official new additions to the U.S. Snowboarding Team, which selects new athletes based on consistent successful results in pro contests.
“We’re looking for them to put together some stellar performances,” said U.S. Snowboarding Team head coach Mike Jankowski. “We find riders that are inspiring to watch, showing lots of promise, are coachable and have that internal drive to push.”The U.S. Team has featured plenty of sibling athletes through the years. The Bidezes will join 2006 Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter and her older brothers Abe and Elijah Teter, plus Luke and Jack Mitrani.”The sibling connection is strong,” Jankowski said. “These riders have been growing up and pushing each other from the time they were side-slipping down the mountain to now when they’re competing in contests like the X Games.”Due credit
Clair Bidez had a breakthrough season herself last season, nearly finishing on the podium when she landed her first 900 spin, and taking fourth in the World Cup halfpipe in Lake Placid, N,Y. Both brother and sister have comfortably filed the 900 into their pipe trick repertoire, Dylan having nearly perfected his cab 9 and started to invert his spins.Next month the pair will take off with the U.S Team for training in Mt. Hood, Ore., followed by an August camp in New Zealand. Clair is thrilled to have another familiar face and long-standing riding partner on the road.”It’s definitely going to be nice to have family on the road with me,” the 18-year-old said. “We’re so supportive of each other. He especially coaches me. Most people might be scared to tell me something like, ‘Clair, that doesn’t look good.’ He’ll tell me everything, and it helps a lot. I’m so excited about it. I’m glad our coaches and the snowboard industry is starting to recognize him and give him the credit he deserves.”Sports Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 748-2936 or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado
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