Park City Snowboard Team finishes strong
The Park City Snowboard Team (PCSBT) finished the season strong with 36 top-10 finishes, including eight medals, at this year’s USANA National Championships recently held at Copper Mountain in Colorado.
The National Championships included six disciplines: halfpipe, slopestyle, snowboardcross, giant slalom, slalom, and rail jam. Athletes could compete in one discipline or any combination of events, including all six, depending on how well they do in the qualifying events. Each event has specific age divisions: 7 and under, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17, etc.
Twenty PCSBT athletes accepted invitations to compete, with six riders competing in all six events. The team’s results were highlighted by Chandler Hunt’s gold medal in the halfpipe in the 14-15 age group and Bennet Giblin’s gold medal in snowboardcross in the 7-and-under group. Giblin also earned a silver medal in giant slalom, helping him to third place in the overall rankings.
Another notable performance came from Skyler Ordean, who placed second in slopestyle against 67 other competitors from across the country. Slater Johnson, in the 7-and-under age group, placed third in slopestyle and fourth in slalom, resulting in a fourth-place overall ranking. Nine-year-old Connor Heiden placed fourth in the rail jam and sixth in snowboardcross while teammate Wyatt Blake placed fifth in halfpipe and ninth in slopestyle. Thirteen-year-old Matt Grant placed fifth in both the halfpipe and snowboardcross. Xander Cornaby, also in the 12-13 age group, took home a respectable seventh out of 67 in slopestyle.
The team’s most decorated athlete was eight-year-old Hunter Goulet, who won the overall title for the second year in a row, taking home medals in snowboardcross (silver), giant slalom (silver), and slalom (bronze). What really helped Hunter in winning the overall title was his consistency in all the events; he also finished fifth in slopestyle, sixth in the halfpipe and 11th in the rail jam.
More notable results:
Parker Giblin (10-11) snowboardcross 6, overall 6
Alec Little (12-13) halfpipe 10
Josh Quigley (12-13)
Luc Seaver (10-11) slopestyle 8
Asher Clarke (7 and under) snowboardcross 5, halfpipe 6, slopestyle 9
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