Author of Story: Kade Krichko/USSA.ORG
U.S. Snowboarding has selected 24 riders to represent the USA in the 2011 FIS Junior World Snowboard Championships in Valmalenco, Italy. The Championships are scheduled for March 29 – April 3.
“We’re excited to go to Valmalenco, they always put together a top-notch venue.” said U.S. Snowboarding Team Manager Abbi Nyberg. “It’ll be a really good measuring tool to see where we stand on the development side and see what other nations are putting out there for athletes,”
Showcasing four different disciplines, alpine, halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross, the Championship series will conclude the 2010-11 season with a bang.
In order to contend with the world’s best young riders, the U.S. squad has brought on several high-level athletes.
In women’s SBX, Chloe Banning (Steamboat Springs, CO) carries a NorAm win and a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix into Junior Worlds action, and looks to build on her 2010-2011 success.
On the men’s side, Mick Dierdorff (Steamboat Springs, CO) will use a year of World Cup experience to fuel a run at a Junior Worlds gold.
The U.S. men’s parallel giant slalom competitors hope to put pressure on the world’s best junior racers as both list Christian Allen (Center Harbor, NH) and AJ Muss (Munson, NJ) make their Junior Worlds debut.
In the women’s parallel giant slalom, Cassie Wagar (Steamboat Springs, CO) is a front-runner for a podium position with a slew of strong NorAm finishes, including a second at the Holimont Resort, NY stop.
Fourteen-year-old Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) is the youngest U.S. competitor at the Championships, and represents the next wave of talented American halfpipe riders. She will make her Junior Worlds debut next to her brother, Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO), who will be one to watch in the men’s halfpipe after already capturing a win on the U.S. Revolution Tour at Mt. Hood Meadows, OR.
The last competition of the event, slopestyle snowboarding, features one of the U.S. Junior’s strongest riders, Spencer Shaw (Winhall, VT). Shaw will compete in both the slopestyle and halfpipe, with podiums in both this year on the Revolution Tour, and Grand Prix circuit. Shaw hopes to cap his season with a pair of podiums in this year’s Junior Worlds.
The U.S. begins its Junior Worlds campaign with the women’s and men’s SBX qualifiers on Monday, March 28. For the full schedule go to fis-ski.com.
2011 FIS Junior World Snowboard Championship Roster
Christian Allen, 3/22/1992, Center Harbor, NH (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Rosina Mancari, 1/22/1994, Anchorage (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
AJ Muss, 12/15/1994, Munson, NJ (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Cassie Wagar, 2/19/1993, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Chloe Banning, 10/19/1992, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Mick Dierdorff, 4/30/1991, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Alyssa Dolgin,5/27/1993, Plattsburgh, NY
Kristen Harvey, 7/23/1991, Truckee, CA (Auburn Ski Club)
Hunter Murphy, 11/22/1993, Deephaven, MN
Mike Perle, 1/21/1994, Saddle River, NJ (Stratton Mountain School)
Danielle Adams, 10/13/1991, Evergreen, CO (International Snowboard Training Center)
Wylie Adams, 8/23/1992, Carbondale, CO (Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club)
Dash Kamp, 7/29/1992, Sandpoint, ID (Auburn Ski Club)
Caty O’Connor, 7/29/1992, Auburn, CA (Auburn Ski Club)
Karly Shorr, 5/18/1994, Milford, MI
Ryan Stassel, 10/23/1992, Anchorage (Auburn Ski Club)
Benji Farrow, 3/8/1992, Mt. Holly, VT
Summer Fenton, 6/19/1994, San Francisco
Arielle Gold, 5/4/1996, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Taylor Gold, 11/17/1993, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Kirby Kelly, 4/6/1995, Algonquin, IL (Steamboat Winter Sports Club)
Casey Pletz, 1/6/1993, San Ramon, CA (Tahoe Select Snowboard Team)
Spencer Shaw, 1/29/1993, Winhall, VT (Ski and Board Club at Stratton)