Snowboarding Programs

Olympic Snowboardcross Athletes Announced

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USSA
2014-01-25 09:46
 

PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 25) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the nomination of seven snowboardcross athletes Saturday. Athletes nominated to the team include Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis and seven-time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland. The team also features four athletes, including Holland and Jacobellis, with previous Olympic experience. The formal naming of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team by the United States Olympic Committee is set for Jan. 27.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the nomination of seven snowboardcross athletes to compete in in the Olympic Winter Games.
  • The nominated athletes were selected based on World Cup results.
  • Athletes selected on the men’s side include Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI), Alex Deibold (Manchester Center, VT), Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, VA) and Trevor Jacob (Mammoth Lakes, CA).
  • Women nominated to the team include Jackie Hernandez (Londonderry, VT), Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT).
  • The athletes nominated to the team have collected an impressive array of results including Lindsey Jacobellis’s 2006 Olympic silver medal, Nate Holland’s seven X Games wins and Trevor Jacob’s recent World Cup win in Andorra.
  • Four of the team’s seven nominated athletes have Olympic experience.
  • The U.S. Olympic Committee will formally name the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team on January 27.

2014 OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDCROSS NOMINATIONS

Men’s Snowboardcross
Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, MI (12/17/1981) *
Alex Deibold, Manchester Center, VT (5/8/1986)
Nate Holland, Squaw Valley, CA (11/8/1978) *
Trevor Jacob, Mammoth Lakes, CA (8/6/1993)

Women’s Snowboardcross
Faye Gulini, Salt Lake City, UT (3/24/1992) *
Jackie Hernandez, Londonderry, VT (12/2/1992)
Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT (8/19/1985) *

* Competed in past Olympic Winter Games

Official competition uniform: Burton

QUOTES
Jeremy Forster, Director of Freeskiing and Snowboarding, USSA
U.S. Snowboarding has a great history of success in snowboardcross. This group of athletes has worked hard to earn their Olympic nominations. With a great team of coaches, techs and medical staff supporting them they are fully prepared to compete in Sochi.

Peter Foley, Snowboardcross Head Coach
We have a strong team with a mix of seasoned veterans plus some new athletes who are riding very fast. Our selection process is tough – tougher than other nations. But it’s also proved to be very successful for us in the past.

Super impressive for Nate Holland to come back from surgery. He’s an amazing student of the game. He does a great job of dealing with what he’s dealt. ‘This is what I have to deal with, now let’s get to work.’ It’s awesome to see.

Lindsey winning yesterday at X Games was a real confidence booster. Not being able to compete for two years has been nerve wracking for her wondering ‘where do I sit with the competition, am I still fast?’ But she’s better than ever. It’s gone very well. There’s a lot more depth to the women’s field but she’s in a good place

 

All nominations are subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.