2010 USA Olympic Snowboard Team Announced

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U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the 2010 Olympic Snowboarding Team Monday. The team is full of talented riders that have past Olympic experience and then some new members making their Olympic debut. The rooster is made up of 18 athletes that will compete in 3 different disciplines that will be held at Cypress Mountain in Vancouver.

"We are going in to the 2010 Games with one of the strongest athletic lineups possible," U.S. Snowboarding Head Coach Peter Foley said. "We're hoping to go into Vancouver and build on the successes we saw in 2006. This Team is in position to do great things."

Leading the men’s Olympic halfpipe team is Shaun White, who won gold medal back in 2006. White is joined on the team by Scotty Lago, Greg Bretz and Louie Vito. Danny Davis would have made the team but due to several injuries he received a week and half ago, his season was ended early.

The women’s Olympic halfpipe team didn’t change from the 2006 games. The team is made up of Hannah Teter, who won gold in 2006, Gretchen Bleiler, who won silver in 2006, Elena Hight and Kelly Clark.

The men’s Olympic snowboard cross team has returning Olympian Seth Wescott, who won gold in 2006. The rest of the talented team is made up by Nate Holland, Graham Watanabe and Nick Baumgartner. The team has several members that have done very well at the Winter X Games in the past and hope to carry that over to the Olympics.

The women’s snowboard cross team has 2006 silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis, then Olympic new comers Faye Gulini and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof.

Rounding out the US Snowboard team are the men’s alpine racers which is led by Tyler Jewell and followed by two-time Olympian Chris Klug. The women’s alpine team consists of Michelle Gorgone, who makes a return to the Olympics from 2006.

Snowboarding kicks off with the men's SBX on Feb. 15.

The Team is subject to final review by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

 

Halfpipe Men
Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 19, 12/19/1990
Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 22, 11/12/1987
Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 21, 3/20/1988
Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 23, 9/3/1986 (2006)

Halfpipe Women
Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 28, 04/10/1981 (2006)
Kelly Clark, W. Dover, VT, 26, 07/26/1983 (2002, 2006)
Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 20, 08/17/1989 (2006)
Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT, 23, 01/27/1987 (2006)

SBX Men
Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, MI, 28, 12/17/1981
Nate Holland, Squaw Valley, CA, 31, 11/8/1978 (2006)
Graham Watanabe, Sun Valley, ID, 27, 03/19/1982 (2006)
Seth Wescott, Sugarloaf, ME, 33, 06/28/1976 (2006)

SBX Women
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, Girdwood, AK, 24, 04/17/1985
Faye Gulini, Salt Lake City, UT, 17, 03/24/1992
Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT, 24, 08/19/1985 (2006)

PGS Men
Tyler Jewell, Steamboat Springs, CO, 32, 02/21/1977 (2006)
Chris Klug, Aspen, CO, 37, 11/18/1972 (1998, 2002)

PGS Women
Michelle Gorgone, Boston, MA, 26, 10/18/1983 (2006)