Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Gulini to compete in Junior Worlds |

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Gulini to compete in Junior Worlds

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Faye Gulini

WANAKA, New Zealand – The 2010 Snowboard and Freestyle Junior World Championships kick off with opening ceremonies today.Ski and Snowboard Club Vail competitor and 2010 Olympian Faye Gulini will compete in snowboardercross.The event, scheduled for Saturday through Aug. 31, will be held in New Zealand. The Junior Worlds is the first time that snowboarding and freestyle are performing on the same stage in a World Championship event. The teams were named in the spring, giving nominated athletes plenty of time to prepare for their Junior Worlds debut.”We are sending an incredibly talented group of athletes to Junior World Championships in New Zealand,” said Snowboarding and Freeride Director Jeremy Forster.”It’s the first time Junior World Championships will be staged in New Zealand and the first time snowboarding & freestyle will share the same World Championship venues. I know Snow Sports New Zealand will host a world class event.””Combining freestyle and snowboard for the first time in a FIS event is a great opportunity to showcase these two sports on one stage,” said Snow Sports New Zealand CEO Ross Palmer, former Vail Valley local. “It makes sense from a logistics perspective, and with the popularity of the new disciplines, it also makes sense from a cultural perspective.”The 2010 Junior World Champs also marks the first time that New Zealand was selected to host a FIS World Championships, along with the first time snowboarding and freestyle will share the same venues in a World Championship. The Championships will also be the first time slopestyle will be included in a FIS Championship level event.”We’re looking forward to hosting some of the world’s best at Snow Park and Cardrona Alpine Resort,” said Palmer. “Both venues have created world-class facilities for this competition, so it should be a great show. We’re thrilled that the U.S. is sending so many of its top, up-and-coming freestyle and snowboard athletes to compete in New Zealand in the FIS Junior Worlds.”The U.S. will be represented by 44 junior athletes in the 10 day event. Cardrona and Snow Park will host nine events between the two resorts, showcasing the top junior athletes from around the world in snowboarding and freestyle.In the snowboard division riders will take the stage in halfpipe, snowboardcross, parallel giant slalom and slalom, slopestyle and big air. Headlining the U.S. will be slopestyle extraordinaires Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, Alaska) and Caty O’Connor (Auburn, Calif.), snowboardcross up-and-comer and Gulini and halfpipe standout Maddy Schaffrick (Steamboat Springs) joined with the rest of the impressive Junior World snowboarding crew.”Being able to do the first Junior Worlds slopestyle is really exciting,” said Stassel.”Snow Park’s park is sick and Cardrona’s pipe is fun,” said Mikaela Casey (Mound, Minn.). “New Zealand alltogether is exhilarating!”For the complete schedule, results and updates regarding the 2010 Junior Snowboard and Freestyle World Championships go to, slopestyleDash Kamp, Sandpoint, IdahoRyan Stassel, Anchorage, AlaskaNick Sibayan, Wrightwood, Calif.Mikaela Casey, Mound, Minn.Caty O’Connor, Auburn, Calif.Lauren Tamposi, Hollis, N.H.Snowboard halfpipePaul Brichta, Burnsville, Minn.Benjamin Farrow, Mt. Holly, Vt.Cody Weselis, Park City, UtahJenna Dramise, Henderson, Nev.Rainey Pogue, Jackson, Wyo.Maddy Schaffrick, Steamboat SpringsShelby Simpson, Bondville, Vt.SnowboardcrossRoger Carver, Placerville, Calif.Derek Dicastro, Rome, N.Y.Alex Tuttle, Stratton, MaineChloe Banning, Steamboat SpringsJenna Feldman, Linwood, N.J.Faye Gulini, Salt Lake City, UtahJackie Hernandez, Londonderry, Vt.Snowboard alpineMack Joyce, Laconia, N.H.Hunter Murphy, Deephaven, Minn.Meghan Graham, Minnetonka, Minn.Cassie Wagar, Steamboat SpringsSki crossKyle Smaine, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.Ethan Fortney, Tenino, Wash.Penn Lukens, Steamboat SpringsMorganne Murphy, Truckee, Calif.Ski halfpipeWalter Wood, Snowmass VillageWing Tai Barrymore, Hailey, IdahoKyle Smaine, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.Tyler Wellman, Boyne City, Mich.Devin Logan, West Dover, Vt.Brita Sigourney, Carmel, Calif.Hannah Haupt, Sun Valley, IdahoBlake Peterson, Park City, UtahSki slopestyleBobby Brown, EnglewoodAlex Dutcher, North Mankato, Minn.Nick Keefer, Salt Lake City, UtahCody Ling, Buffalo, Minn.Devin Logan, West Dover, Vt.Blake Peterson, Park City, UtahJamie Crane-Mauzy, Waterville Valley, N.H.Jessica Breda, Marshfield, MaineCoachesDylan Omlin, Snowboard slopestyleMatt Gustafson, Snowboard halfpipeJon Casson, SnowboardcrossNeil Sunday, Snowboard PGS/PSLBrett Buckles, Ski crossElana Chase, Ski halfpipe and slopestyleBen Verge, Ski halfpipe and slopestyleJen Hudak, Ski halfpipe and slopestyle

Support Local Journalism