Seven SMS athletes invited to U.S. Snowboarding Project Gold camps

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 14, 2011 11:26 am

Stratton, Vt. – Seven Stratton Mountain School Snowboard Team athletes were invited to U.S. Snowboarding’s Project Gold camps, which will take place June 9 – 17 in Mammoth, Calif. and Mt. Hood, Ore. and July 17 – 24 in Mt. Hood. During the camps, athletes will train with U.S. Snowboarding coaches, including National Development Team Coach Spencer Tamblyn.

Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain that serves students in grades 8 – 12.

SMS senior Hunter Wood, Indianapolis, Ind.; junior Phoebe Novello, West Windsor, Vt.; junior Chris Tierney, Bondville, Vt.; and sophomore Makayla Tierney, Bondville, Vt., were invited to the Halfpipe Project Gold camp in Mammoth. Junior Mike Perle, Saddle River, N.J.; sophomore Josh Cohen, Bondville, Vt.; and freshman Karen Kobayashi, Rye, N.Y. were invited to the Snowboardcross Project Gold Camp in Mt. Hood. Cohen was also invited to the Alpine Project Gold Camp, which will take place in Mt. Hood in July.

“Project Gold provides a great experience for our riders,” SMS Snowboard Program Director Ross Powers said. “It allows our athletes to put their best to the test against other great riders from around the country.”

Powers will attend the Mt. Hood SBX camp, and SMS Elite Team Coach Ian Kirk will attend the Mammoth Halfpipe camp.
Selection for Project Gold camps is based on results from the Revolution Tour, Grand Prix and USASA Nationals, as well as other standout results from the season.

“This is an awesome opportunity to ride with the top athletes and coaches from across the country,” U.S. Snowboarding Program Manager Abbi Nyber said in a release. “Project Gold Camp will be focused on setting goals, learning tricks, improving contest skills and having fun.