U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Stars Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler, Louis Vito and Others Training in Mt. Hood

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 15, 2009 10:32 am

U.S. Snowboarding’s halfpipe athletes are currently training on Timberline Resort’s 22-foot halfpipe in Mt. Hood, Oregon. “This camp is definitely a very important piece of our Olympic preparation.” U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Head Coach Mike Jankowski said. “Without our partnership with Timberline and High Cascade it would be impossible to get quality riding time in a 22-foot pipe. Having them support U.S. Snowboarding and our goals makes us feel right at home here on Mt. Hood.”

The pipe is graced with a star-studded roster of riders. Among them, Olympic gold medalists Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter, Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler, and Grand Prix winners Steve Fisher and Louie Vito.

Although summer training is fun, it’s also serious business. “We are hoping to get as much as we can out of this camp” Jankowski said. “The riders look forward to this time with their team and with their coaches and to working together. We want to make sure that the U.S. Snowboarding pro team and rookie team, as well as the other top U.S. riders are able to take advantage of this opportunity and really progress their riding. So that’s the focus.”

Later this summer, the athletes will head to New Zealand for more on-snow training. Sounds good to us!