Mammoth local Greg Bretz named to US Olympic Halfpipe Team

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 26, 2010 5:21 pm

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California (January 26, 2010) – Greg Bretz is officially the youngest member of the men’s 2010 U.S. Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe team. The 19-year-old finished in the top five in four out of five contests throughout the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix season to claim his spot. The Grand Prix are the qualifiers for the U.S. Snowboard Olympic Halfpipe team, determining which riders go to Vancouver next month.

“It’s been a thrilling season to ride halfpipe and we haven’t even gotten to Winter X, the final Dew Tour event or the Olympics yet,” says Bretz. “There’ve been the highs of insane new tricks, mainstream attention for snowboarding and the crazy contest schedule, along with the lows of

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injuries and the pressure. But this will be a season to remember and I’m so stoked to be a part of the team!”

Bretz finished the Grand Prix season with a third, two fourths and a fifth-place. His competition run continues to improve with clean 1260s, double-cork 1080s and lots of power in the high amplitude combinations. Between now and Vancouver, look for the Mammoth-local to be polishing his run in the X Games and Dew Tour halfpipes. Danny Davis, who was injured January 17th, qualified as the fourth member of the Olympic team with his point total, but will be unable to compete.

On Friday night, the fourth Grand Prix event found Greg Bretz and Ellery Hollingsworth on the podium in third place. Hollingsworth is the first woman to land a 900 in competition and showed her mastery of the trick Friday as the only girl to land not one, but two 900s in a single run. She finished the series in fifth place overall, missing the U.S. Olympic team by one place, but at only 18-years-old, a spot in future Olympic events is well within her reach. Hollingsworth’s season is hardly over as she moves onto Winter X, the Dew Tour Championships and the Burton U.S. Open.