The Breck Pro Team's elite 26 were announced Thursday for the 2012-13 season, a cadre of ski and snowboard professionals and amateurs, male and female, who are sponsored by Breck and represent the resort and community.
They train at Breck and they compete worldwide. The team includes returning athletes such as three-time XGames gold medalist Bobby Brown, top AFP overall world-ranking athletes Anna Segal and Keri Herman, former Olympic bronze medalist JJ Thomas and Summit County native Eric Willett.
"Being on the Breck Freeride Team means I have my home mountain as my backbone of support through my career," Willett said. "Breck is the mountain where I train, learn new tricks and compete in competitions. Athletes from all over the world come to Breck to train every year; it's definitely a privilege to have the best park in the world in my backyard. I was born and raised, started my career, married my wife - all here at Breck."
This year's team is comprised of athletes from five different countries, includes 15 Coloradans and seven hometown heroes who were born and raised in Breckenridge. Now, all on the team will call Breck their hometown.
New to the team are athletes like the United Kingdom's freeski big air and slopestyle star James Woods and 2012 Youth Olympic halfpipe and slopestyle silver medalist Arielle Gold.
Duncan Adams, SKI, M, Stowe, Vt.
Jake Black, SNB, M, Keystone
Zach Black, SNB, M, Keystone
Bobby Brown, SKI, M, Denver
Cody Cirillo, SKI, M, Vail
Adam Delorme, SKI, M, Colorado Springs
Brett Esser, SNB, M, Breckenridge
Banks Gilberti, SKI, M, Sun Valley, Idaho
Leslie Glenn, SNB, F, Breckenridge
Arielle Gold, SNB, F, Steamboat Springs
Pat Goodnough, SKI, M, Dansville, N. Y.
Keri Herman, SKI, F, St. Paul, Minn.
Asher Humphreys, SNB, M, Breckenridge
Nate Kern, SNB, M, Forest Row, England
Nick Martini, SKI, M, Boulder
Silvia Mittenmuller, SNB, F, Munich, Germany
Mark Nowakiwsky, SKI, M, Breckenridge
Tanner Rainville, SKI, M, West Bolton, Vt.
Grant Savidge, SKI, M, Breckenridge
Anna Segal, SKI, F, Melbourne, Australia
Chanelle Sladics, SNB, F, Newport Beach, Calif.
JJ Thomas, SNB, M, Golden
Rebecca Torr, SNB, F, Te Puke, New Zealand
Colby West, SKI, M, Canterbury, N.H.
Eric Willett, SNB, M, Frisco
James Woods, SKI, M, Sheffield, England