CANOE NAGANO '98 ISP DIRECTORY
Thursday, September 4, 1997
Sites selected for Olympic trials
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Resorts in Maine, California and Oregon were
selected as sites of trials events for selecting the snowboard team that will
represent the United States in the Olympic Winter Games in February.
Giant slalom and halfpipe, the two disciplines of snowboarding which
are being added to the Olympic program, will be contested at each site.
The series opens Dec. 17-21 at Sugarloaf USA, Maine, fllowed on Jan.
21-25 at Mount Bachelor, Ore., and Jan. 28-31 at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. The
team is to be named immediately after the Mammoth Mountain event and will fly
directly to Nagano, Japan for the Olympics, which open Feb. 7.
Selection criteria and team quotas are to be announced soon, Royle
The $225,000 Bud Light Grand Prix, the official name of the
three-event Olympic qualifying series, brings together riders from the two
rival snowboard federations, the International Ski Federation (FIS), which has
the Olympic franchise, and the International Snowboard Federation (ISF).
"These sites are among the premier snowboarding sites in the United
States. Each of them has a strong background in staging outstanding snowboard
events," Royle said.
Expected to be among the high-powered field of riders are FIS world
champions Sondra Van Ert of Ketchum, Idaho, and Mike Jacoby of Hood River,
Ore., along with ISF world championships silver medalists Lisa Kosglow of
Boise, Idaho, and Betsy Shaw of East Dorset, Vt. Halfpipe specialists include
Shannon Dunn of Midvale, Utah, who won both Grand Prix halfpipe contests last
season, and the two men's winners, 1996 FIS world and World Cup champion Ross
Powers of South Londonderry, Vt., and Todd Richards of Breckenridge,