Summit locals Black, Glenn fare well at Grand Prix
Summit County, CO Colorado
TAMARACK, Idaho ” Competing against many of the top halfpipe riders in the world, a pair of Summit County locals, Jake Black and Leslie Glenn, earned very respectable fifth-place finishes among their respective genders at the 2007 Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix series finale last weekend at snowy Tamarack Resort.
U.S. Snowboarding pro rider Tommy Czeschin added another highlight to his already outstanding season Saturday winning both the final halfpipe competition and the overall Grand Prix title.
Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler of Aspen was also victorious, while Kelly Clark, who won the opening two events but did not compete at Tamarack, took the women’s overall crown.
With the wins, both Czeschin and Clark were awarded a new Chevrolet Truck, marking the 11th straight season that Chevrolet has provided the overall series prize. The halfpipe will air on Versus Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m. and also on NBC at noon on Saturday, March 10.
Louie Vito and U.S. Snowboarding rookie team rider Matt Ladley capped the men’s podium, while Breck rider Steve Fisher took 13th. Lindsey Jacobellis and Tricia Byrnes went 2-3 for the women as U.S. Snowboarding riders took all six podium spots.
“I wasn’t expecting this, so it’s pretty awesome,” said Czeschin, who was third at both the Breckenridge and Mt. Bachelor Grand Prixs. “I tied for the overall title in ’05 with Ross Powers, so this feels good ” I won a truck and $14,000 for first today, you do the math on that one, but it’s a lot. It’s a good day for sure.”
As one of the first riders to consistently stomp 1080s, Czeschin, a member of the 2002 Olympic Team, has been a solid example of snowboarding progression. With a second run score of 42.8, Czeschin’s winning run included a cab 720 nose grab, frontside air, backside air, frontside 900 stalefish, backside 540 mute to a cab 720 mute on the 22-foot Tamarack superpipe.
“Tommy has been on a roll and is working so hard to continue his snowboarding progression,” said U.S. Snowboarding head coach Mike Jankowski. “You’ll see some veteran riders plateau at some point in their career, but Tommy is the exception to that rule. Same with Gretchen, she’s by no means close to peaking and just continues to work so hard. They are perfect examples for our young riders because they’re very professional and when they come to complete, they have a plan ” that’s why they’re constantly on the top.”
As a brand new venue for the Grand Prix series, riders gave Tamarack Resort big marks for both the pipe and contest layout saying that the facilities were perfect all the way around.
“Tamarack did such an amazing job with this event,” said Bleiler, who linked a 45.8 point first run that included a cippler, backside 540, frontside 540, straight air and a frontside 720. “Having a pipe this big really does a lot for the progression of the sport. It was snowing pretty hard today, so it was hard to keep speed for big tricks, but everyone was going huge all week in practice.”
2007 CHEVROLET U.S. SNOWBOARD GRAND PRIX
Tamarack, Idaho – Feb. 24, 2007
1. Tommy Czeschin, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 42.8
2. Louie Vito, Bellefountain, OH, 42.2
3. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, CO, 41.5
4. Luke Wynen, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 39.9
5. Jake Black, Dillon, CO, 39.8
6. Mike Goldschmidt, Stratton Mountain, VT, 39.2
7. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 38.3
8. Ben Watts, Bend, OR, 37.1
9. Jeremy Thompson, Elka Park, NY, 35.6
10. Rob Kingwill, Jackson Hole, WY, 34.7
11. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 33.8
12. Ben Kilner, Great Britain, 33.0
13. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 30.9
14. Elijah Teter, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 28.5
15. Jeff Meon, South Hadley, MA, 26.2
16. Kory Wright, Canada, 5.1
1. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 45.8
2. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT, 41.1
3. Tricia Byrnes, Stratton Mountain, VT, 37.4
4. Brooke Shaw, Stratton Mountain, VT, 33.7
5. Leslie Glenn, Breckenridge, CO, 30.7
6. Meg Pugh, Bend, OR, 27.2
7. Paula Mitchell, New Zealand, 23.7
8. Kaitlyn Farrington, Bellevue, ID, 22.0
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