Nate Holland leads a strong team of 29 U.S. athletes at the World Snowboarding Championships. (USSA/Sarah Brunson)
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 16) – Olympians Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME), Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA), Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI), and Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City) lead a team of 29 top ranked athletes named to the 2013 FIS World Snowboarding Championships Team. New to join the World Snowboarding Championship team roster is three-time U.S Grand Prix slopestyle winner Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV), four-time X Games medalist Eric Willett (Breckenridge, CO) and three-time X Games medalist Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT). The FIS World Championships take place Jan. 17-27 at Stoneham, PQ.
2013 U.S. SNOWBOARDING FIS WORLD SNOWBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Snowboardcross Men Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, MI 12/17/1981 Nate Holland, Squaw Valley, CA 11/8/1978 Seth Wescott, Sugarloaf, ME 6/28/1976 (Carrabassett Valley Academy) Jonathan Cheever, Saugus, MA 4/17/1985
Women Faye Gulini, Salt Lake City, UT 3/24/1992 Jackie Hernandez, Londonderry, VT 12/2/1992 (International Snowboard Training Center) Jenna Feldman, Linwood, NJ 6/3/1990 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Halfpipe Men Spencer Shaw, Stratton Mountain, VT 1/29/1993 (Stratton Mountain School) Taylor Gold, Steamboat Springs, CO 11/17/1993 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Brett Esser, Dubuque, IA 10/12/1992 Brennen Swanson, Stillwater, MN 3/13/1990
Women Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID 12/18/1989 Kelly Marren, Hillsborough, CA 8/22/1991 Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs, CO 5/4/1996 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Serena Shaw, Stratton Mountain, VT 1/22/1995 (Stratton Mountain School)
Women Jordie Karlinski, Snowmass Village, CO 8/24/1989 (Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) Ty Walker, Stowe, VT 3/3/1997 (Mt. Mansfield Ski & Snowboard Club) Joanna Dzierawski, South Lake Tahoe, CA 11/27/1984 Jessika Jenson, Rigby, ID 8/7/1991
Alpine Men Mike Trapp, Hyannis, MA 7/10/1988 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Justin Reiter, Crested Butte, CO 2/2/1981 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) AJ Muss, Steamboat Springs, CO 12/15/1994 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Converse Fields, Steamboat Springs, CO 12/30/1989 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Women Madeline Wiencke, Newport, MN 3/1/1989 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Lynn Ott, Bend, OR 10/20/1967
The FIS World Snowboarding Championships take place every other year with the 2013 event premiering at Stoneham, PQ Jan. 17-27.
Headlining the top ranked 29 athletes are Olympic snowboardcross athletes, Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME), Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA), Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) and Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT).
Notable slopestyle athletes include Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV), Eric Willett (Breckenridge, CO), Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT), Jordie Karlinski (Snowmass Village, CO), Ty Walker (Stowe) and Jessika Jenson (Rigby, ID).
Halfpipe athletes include Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, ID), Kelly Marren (Hillsborough, CA), Spencer Shaw (Stratton Mountain, VT) and Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO).
Willett, Guldemond, and Kotsenburg all qualified for the big air discipline from the World Snowboard Tour rankings taking place Sat. Jan. 19.
Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) and Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) are both defending silver and bronze finishers at the La Molina, Spain World Snowboarding Championships in 2011.
Snowboardcross athletes were invited based upon FIS ranking and finishes at the Telluride and Montafon FIS World Cups.
Alpine athletes were invited based upon the Parallel World Cup ranking list.
Halfpipe athletes were invited based upon finishes at the 2012 Dew Tour, and the World Snowboard Tour ranking lists.
Newly added Olympic sport slopestyle snowboarding athletes were invited based upon the World Snowboard Tour ranking list and finishes at the 2013 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, the Paul Mitchell Progression Session at Copper Mountain.
QUOTES Chas Guldemond I am really hoping to continue my streak after the Grand Prix last week and Dew Tour last month. I feel like my riding is going well and I have put the training in to do my best. It’s cool that slopestyle is included and this is just one step closer to Sochi.
Nate Holland World Championships is an opportunity to ratchet up the pressure on myself for a race, and a test to rise to the occasion. I am looking forward to this week! Bring it on.
Jeremy Forster, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing Program Director World Snowboarding Championships is always a great event to bring the team to, there is always such a good international presence. It’s especially exciting for our slopestyle athletes with its Olympic inclusion, everyone has been riding so well and I am looking forward to seeing what the U.S. will do.
EVENT SCHEDULE Friday, January 18 – Men and women’s slopestyle finals Saturday, January 19 – Big air finals Sunday, January 20 – Men and women’s halfpipe finals Saturday, January 25 – Men and women’s parallel giant slalom finals Sunday, January 26 – Men and women’s snowboardcross finals Monday, January 27 – Men and women’s parallel slalom finals