Californian Greg Bretz's snowboard has always fit him better than skis, and his 2011 season only confirmed the match; Bretz landed on the podium at both Grand Prix and Dew Tour stops
Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White congratulates new Olympic champion, Iouri ‘I-Pod’ Podladtchikov of Switzerland, after White fell short of the podium, finishing fourth during the men’s halfpipe snowboarding final Tuesday.
U.S. Olympic team member Danny Davis earned a gold medal in his first-ever halfpipe snowboarding final at X Games Aspen Sunday, just two weeks before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Defending Olympic champion Shaun White will get a chance to win three-in-a-row at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games after he and Greg Bretz clinched spots on the Olympic halfpipe snowboarding team Sunday at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series finale.
Scotty Lago, Shaun White and rookie Taylor Gold on the podium after the fourth halfpipe qualifier at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, where Gold punched a ticket to Sochi with his third-place finish Friday.
The nation’s top snowboarding athletes continue the fight for Olympic team spots Jan. 6-11 when the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix sets up shop at Breckenridge for halfpipe and slopestyle events.
Rookie rider Taylor Gold led a U.S. sweep with Greg Bretz and Ben Ferguson in the halfpipe final at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, America’s top tour for freeskiing and snowboarding, is coming to Breckenridge Ski Resort Jan. 8-12.
The race for spots on the 2014 Olympic snowboarding and freeskiing team will continue with broadcast coverage on NBC and NBCSN plus live streaming at each tour stop beginning with this weekend’s event at Copper Mountain.
Top snowboarding athletes from the USA continue their push for spots on the Olympic team at the second of five Olympic qualification events, the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Copper Mountain Dec. 21-22.
Ben Ferguson (pictured) qualified in third Thursday at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships. Olympic gold medalists Shaun White and Kelly Clark took the top spots in the halfpipe qualifiers, which opened the Olympic qualification series for USA.
U.S. Snowboarding’s top riders will be preparing for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with a pair of on-snow training sessions at High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Mt. Hood.
Shaun White clinched the sixpeat with a superpipe win to close the X Games in Aspen.
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VIDEO: Copper Grand Prix 2013
The 2013 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix makes its first stop at Copper Mountain this weekend. Watch the halfpipe finals LIVE on the USSA Network, Saturday 1/12 11:20 a.m.- 12:40 p.m.
The 2013 U.S. Snowboarding team was named at a fan event at Copper Mountain.
Greg Bretz Quick Facts
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A snowboarding prodigy in his own right, Greg Bretz was on a board at age five and began competing at 10. The young shredder shook up the scene during the 2008 season with podium finishes and wins on both the World Cup and Grand Prix circuits, earning him his spot with the U.S. Snowboarding squad.
Knowing his capabilities, Bretz took some serious strides in 2010, including considerable success at the Grand Prix. Thanks to solid top-10 finishes on the three-stop U.S. tour, the then 20-year-old Bretz qualified for a spot on the 2010 Olympic Team, where he notched a 12th in Vancouver.
Although Bretz battled nagging injuries in 2012, he still managed to podium at both the Copper and Mammoth U.S. Grand Prix events. In 2013 Bretz knocked on the podium door despite tough competition at the Grand Prix and X Games. Given his ability to steadily progress, Bretz will be a heavy contender to punch a second Olympic ticket when Sochi rolls around in 2014.
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