Local snowboarders earn trip to Italy
SUMMIT COUNTY – Last winter, Copper Mountain Freeride Team member Dylan Bidez wandered the streets and waterways of Venice, Italy, marveling at the European architecture.On Feb. 28, Bidez will make his second trip to Italy in as many years, as he has once again qualified for the U.S.A. Snowboarding Association (USASA) All American team. With the honor, Bidez will represent the U.S. at the Trofeo Topolino Snowboard competitions in Folgarida-Marilleva, Italy. The 14-year-old Minturn resident won’t be the only local snowboarder making the trek to Europe, as Silverthorne’s Kim Krahulec and Keystone’s Jake Black also got the nod from USASA.
“This is definitely a step in the right direction toward X Games and other stuff like that,” said the 16-year-old Krahulec. “It’s really fun meeting everyone and hanging out with all the people from different countries,” Bidez added. Bidez and Krahulec will be competing in boardercross. Black, meanwhile, hopes to recover from an injury to compete in the halfpipe. The 16-year-old snowboarder broke his wrist Friday during a practice run at the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix in Breckenridge.
“He has every intention of going, and we have every intention of sending him,” said Black’s father, Mark. “I think in four to six weeks he’ll be back at it full bore.” The trio will be part of a 12-member team representing the U.S. at the Trofeo Topolino Snowboard, which translates as the “Mickey Mouse Snowboard Trophy.” The event is sponsored by Disney.The competition features only the two disciplines (halfpipe and boardercross), and is open to competitors from around the world in two age divisions – 13-and-under and 14-16. As many as 38 countries are expected to attend.
Bidez, Krahulec and Black found out about their opportunity to go to Italy three weeks ago, when the USASA announced the full 24-member roster of the All American team, which includes 12 alternates.Summit Cove’s Nichole Mason and Avon’s Lindsay Jordan Telling were also named to the team, as alternates in boardercross.According to team manager Jessica Zalusky, the five local snowboarders earned their spots on the team after sending in a detailed application that included results from regional competitions within the last year.”The riders were selected based on results from nationals, past history, and then there were other small parts of the criteria as well,” Zalusky said.
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