Indigo Monk (left) and Karly Shorr (right), seen here on the 2012 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix podium, lead a team of strong athletes competing at Junior World Championships. (Sarah Brunson/USSA)
PARK CITY, UT (Mar. 3) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 29 talented athletes who are currently competing at the 2013 FIS Junior World Snowboarding Championships March 3-10 at Erzurum, Turkey. Headlining the team is 2012 Junior Worlds silver medalist Indigo Monk and NorAm force Mike Perle (Saddle River, NJ). Athletes attending hail from USSA club programs as well the U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team.
2013 U.S. SNOWBOARDING FIS JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM (Name, team, hometown, date of birth) * denotes alternate Slopestyle Men Kyle Mack, Bloomington, MI 7/6/1997 (U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team) Brandon Davis, Mammoth Lakes, CA 8/30/1995 (Mammoth Snowboard Team) Codey Ellison, Bethany, CT 7/1/1994 (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) Brett Moody, Lakewood, CO 7/28/1995 (Method Snowboard Team)
Women Karly Shorr, Milford, MI 5/18/1994 (Auburn Ski Club) Indigo Monk, Manhattan Beach, CA 1/5/1995 (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) Ty Walker, Stowe, VT 3/3/1997 (U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team)
Halfpipe Men Taylor Gold, Steamboat Springs, CO 11/17/1993 (U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team) Spencer Shaw, Stratton, VT 1/19/1993 (U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team) Kyle Mack, Bloomington, MI 7/6/1997 (U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team) Chase Josey, Hailey, ID 3/31/1995 (Sun Valley Education Foundation) Alex Kondo, Malone, WI 8/21/1994 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) * Jake Pates, Eagle, CO 7/30/1998 (Ski Club Vail) * Ryan Wachendorfer, Edwards, CO 2/3/1996 (Ski Club Vail) *
Women Arielle Gold, Steamboat Springs, CO 5/4/1996 (U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team) Serena Shaw, Stratton, VT 1/22/1995 (U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team) Kirby Kelly, Algonquin, IL 4/6/1995 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Snowboardcross Men Mike Perle, Saddle River, NJ 1/21/1994 (International Snowboarding Training Center) Freddy McCarthy, Sebago, ME 7/14/1993 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Ryan Roemer, Bellevue, ID 6/7/1995 (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) Jack Taylor, Wayzata, MN 11/2/1995
Women Meghan Tierney, Edwards, CO 1/15/1997 (Ski Club Vail) Alyssa Dolgin, Johnsbury, VT 5/27/1993 Karen Kobayashi, Rye, NY, 10/4/1995 (Stratton Mountain School)
Alpine Snowboard Men AJ Muss, Rumson, NJ 12/15/1994 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Ryan Rosencranz, Weston, MA 4/23/1994 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Jack Taylor, Wayzata, MN 11/2/1995
Women Maggie Carrigan, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) 10/22/1996 Hannah Halsted, Marblehead, MA 7/27/1993 (Holderness Ski Team)
Indigo Monk (Manhattan Beach, CA) will be looking move up from her silver medal in slopestyle from 2012 Junior World Snowboarding Championships in Valmalenco, Italy.
Watch out for Mike Perle (Saddle River, NJ) he has been a strong contender on the NorAm tour this season with one win and two top five finishes.
Karen Kobayashi (Rye, NY) has been a consistent top 10 finisher on the NorAm tour this season.
New this season is the inclusion of the team Snowboardcross event.
The event includes snowboardcross, team snowboarcross, parallel GS, parallel slalom, halfpipe and slopestyle.
In addition to top three medals, the Marc Hodler Trophy will be awarded for overall team performance.
Invited athletes must be between the ages of 13 – 19 years old.
Snowboard Junior World Championships take place in Erzurum, Turkey March 3-10, 2013.
QUOTES Abbi Nyberg, U.S. Snowboarding Program Manager I am excited for a great group of young athletes to represent the United States. It’s so crucial to have events like this to grow our sport and let the world about our emerging talent. It’s good for the athletes to gain experience at a really unique event.
EVENT SCHEDULE Sunday, March 3 – Men and women’s snowboardcross finals Monday, March 4 – Men and women’s snowboardcross team finals Wednesday, March 6 – Men and women’s parallel GS finals Thursday, March 7 – Men and women’s parallel slalom finals Friday, March 8 – Men and women’s halfpipe finals Saturday, March 9 – Men and women’s slopestyle finals Complete schedule here