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Locals on World Championships squad

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen, CO Colorado

PARK CITY, Utah ” Aspen Olympic medalists Gretchen Bleiler and Chris Klug are among 27 riders picked to compete for the United States at the 2007 FIS Snowboard World Champi­onships in Arosa, Switzerland, Jan. 14-20.

Basalt resident Jason Smith, who com­peted in the inaugural Olympic board­ercross last February, was also selected. Reigning world champions and Olympic boardercross medalists Seth Wescott (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) are the two other Olympic medalists on the team.

“We have a super-strong team for worlds in every event, including defending world champions in board­ercross,” said U.S. Snowboarding pro­gram director Jeremy Forster in a news release. “Plus we’ve got a lot of young riders on this team … All of them could crack the podium, so we’re look­ing for good things to happen in Arosa.”

The Americans collected four medals at the 2005 worlds, where Wescott and Jacobellis swept board­ercross gold and Jayson Hale (Sier­raville, Calif.) took bronze. Also landing on the podium in Whistler was 2006 Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter (Belmont, Vt.) with a bronze in halfpipe.

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