Aspen Valley boarders finish with top results |

Aspen Valley boarders finish with top results

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club’s snowboard team qualified a record 24 athletes for the 1999 USASA National Championships held in Telluride at the end of the season.

The competition featured more than 800 riders from across the country competing in five events: slalom, giant slalom, slopestyle, halfpipe and boardercross.

The team came through with 30 top-10 finishes, 20 top-five finishes and seven finishes in the top three, highlighted by Gretchen Bleiler’s first-place finish in girls 16-17 halfpipe, Chris Mosiman’s first-place finish in boys 16-17 slalom, and Mike Hurst’s first-place finish in men’s 25-29 giant slalom. Overall winners In addition, awards were given out for top finishes in overall alpine, overall freestyle, overall combined alpine and freestyle and overall combined alpine, freestyle and boardercross.

The team did well in these events, too, with 23 top-10s, 14 top-fives and seven top-threes.

The Aspen youngsters were paced in these events by Elissa Rodman, who had two thirds and two fourths in girls 10-11; Cooper Hall, two thirds in boys 16-17; Kristin Walla, a fourth-place finish in girls 12-13; Laura Hadar, a third in girls 14-15; Lara Nichols, fourth place, girls 16-17; and Mosiman, third in boys 16-17. World Championships In early April, eight athletes from the AVSC team competed in the prestigious ISF Junior World Championships in Telluride, an event that featured 400 athletes from 24 different countries.

At this competition the team was represented by Bleiler, Molly Purnell, Adryan Ritter, Gianna Rizzuto, Cooper Hall, Mosiman, Austin Rice and Jason Smith.

Top finishers included Bleiler, who took sixth in halfpipe and eighth in boardercross for girls 17-18, and Mosiman and Hall, who placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in boys 15-16 boardercross.

The team was coached this year by Ben Hall, Adam Longnecker, Rick Shimpeno, Kevin Nemec and Mike Mallon.

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