Billy Winters, who competed in the 2015 Junior World Championships, is one of 19 athletes who will represent the U.S. at the upcoming FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships to be held in Klinovec, Czech Republic. (FIS-Miha Matavz)
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 10, 2017) - U.S. Snowboarding will be sending a strong team of athletes to compete in the 2017 FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships to be held in Klinovec, Czech Republic. The event will feature snowboardcross and parallel racing for athletes 19 and under (as of Dec. 31). The event runs from February 18-21. Junior Worlds for halfpipe, slopestyle and big air will be held later this season.
Klinovec is a popular Czech skiing region located along the German border. It has a long history dating back to the early days of skiing in the area, but has seen dramatic growth in recent years especially with the installation of a terrain park 15 years ago.
In snowboardcross, the USA is led by Jake Vedder (Pinckney, MI), who took gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway a year ago. He is joined by women's Youth Olympic Games member Shannon Maguire (Bethel, ME). Also expected to contend on the men's side is Senna Leith, who won the last three NorAm snowboardcross events.
Riders to watch in the parallel include Billy Winters (Steamboat Springs, CO), who is also a threat in snowboardcross, and brother Cody Winters (Steamboat Springs, CO). Billy Winters was seventh at the 2016 Junior Worlds while brother Cody has been on the podium in the NorAm this season, including a second in the Steamboat Springs NorAm PSL. Billy Winters was seventh last year in PSL and sixth in PSL at Junior Worlds.
Snowboardcross athletes for Junior Worlds were selected based on current FIS rankings. Parallel athletes were chosen from the average of top two NorAm results this season.
Jon Casson will be the head coach for snowboardcross, with help from World Cup athlete Mick Dierdorff, who is taking time off during the season to coach at Junior Worlds. Noted board technician Curtis Bacca will also join the trip. Coaches for parallel will include Neil Sunday, who coaches at the World Cup level for Pennsylvania’s Roundtop Mountain Resort, along with Jeff Carr, also from Roundtop.
Junior Worlds for big air and slopestyle will be held March 30-April 1 at Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic. Halfpipe Junior Worlds will be in Silvaplana, Switzerland April 21.
2017 USA SNOWBOARD JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM (Name, hometown, USSA club, birthdate, age at start of championships)
SNOWBOARDCROSS Men Chad Frey, Branchville, NJ (Team Park City United) 6/30/1998 (18) McKinzie Edwards, Fowlerville, MI (Team Park City United) 1/15/1997 (20) Mike LaCroix, Shrewsbury, MA (Team Park City United) 7/12/1998 (18) Senna Leith, Vail, Colorado (ISTC) 4/8/1997 (19) Jake Vedder, Pinckney, MI (International Snowboard Training Center) 4/16/1998 (18) * Billy Winters, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) 8/28/1997 (18)
Women Payton Bacca, Ketchum, ID (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) 7/12/2001 (15) Sierra Clasen, Oregon City, OR 4/4/1997 (18) Adalia Flores, South Orleans, MA (Gould/Sunday River) 7/9/2000 (16) Isabella Gomez, Issaquah, WA (Auburn Ski Club) 9/11/2001 (15) Shannon Maguire, Bethel, ME (Team Park City United) 1/10/1998 (19) *
* Youth Olympic Games team member, 2016
PARALLEL TEAM Men Ethan Coherd, Monkton, MD (Roundtop Mountain Resort) 12/10/1999 (17) Jacob McCarthy, Edina, MN (G Team) 12/27/2000 (16) Dylan Udolf, West Hartford, CT (Stratton Mountain School) 7/22/1997 (19) Billy Winters, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) 8/28/1997 (18) Cody Winters, Steamboat Springs, Co (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) 4/20/2000 (16)
Women Karina Bladon, Wayland, MA (Holderness School) 12/17/1998 (18) Emme Brodigan, Chanhassen, MN (G Team) 6/21/1999 (17) Emily Dziak, Bethlehem, PA (Camelback Ski Team) 07/13/1999 (17) Meghan Feiner, Golden, CO (Eldora Mountain Resort) 5/5/2000 (16) Kaiya Kuzika, Sinking Spring, PA (Roundtop Mountain Resort) 5/26/1999 (16)
FIS SNOWBOARD JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Klinovec, Czech Republic
Saturday, Feb. 18 Men's and women's snowboardcross
Sunday, Feb. 19 Men's and women's team snowboardcrosss
Monday, Feb. 20 Men's and women's parallel giant slalom
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Men's and women's parallel giant slalom