Stanford University teen selected to join the U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 30, 2009 9:04 am

18 Year old Kelly Marren of Hillsboro, CA was recently named to the U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team, and is hoping to earn a spot on the 2010 Olympic Team. Though Marren was the only female selected this year, she has little trouble dealing with competition from the boys. At age 12, Marren was nationaly ranked even though she “had only learned to board 2 years earlier.” Marren began her first semester at Standord University this month, and already plans to take the winter term off to focus on her olympic dream.

Marren has been focusing on the halfpipe, and working with famed coach Bud Keene on a Haakon flip, which is “a difficult and dangerous trick that involves reversing, spinning and flipping 720 degrees.” According to Keene, “She’s cracked seven helmets, suffered broken noses, black eyes and bruised bones” while training.

Marren plans to take her finals early so that she may participate in the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colorado this December. She has also been asked to take part in the 2010 Winter X Games quilifiers this winter as well.