Posted on: February 8th, 2014
Chances are, if you’ve hung around any mountains in Vermont, you’ve ridden alongside some impressive riders. If you’ve spent time at Okemo, Stratton or Mount Snow, you may even have shared the slopes with an Olympian. We’ll be following all of Vermont athletes closely, but keeping a special look out for these Vermont snowboarders.
Kelly Clark, Halfpipe
The winning-est snowboarder in the sport’s history hardly needs an introduction. A Mount Snow native, Clark will go for her third Olympic medal on February 12 after her recent X Games triumph.
Hannah Teter, Halfpipe
Another rider with a long resume with lots of gold and silver, Teter grew up riding at Okemo before stepping onto the international stage. Sochi will be Teter’s third Olympics, following a second-place finish at the 2013 Burton U.S. Open.
Ty Walker, Slopestyle
Hailing from Stowe, VT, Walker is the second youngest athlete on the U.S. team. She’s been winning national slopestyle competitions since she was 14, and we’re betting she’ll be fun to watch in slopestyle’s Olympic debut. Watch for her on February 9.
Lindsey Jacobellis, Boardercross
Lindsey Jacobellis has the strongest record of any snowboardcross athlete, anywhere, ever. You name it, she’s won it — from World Cup races to the X Games and the Olympics. Sochi will be the Stratton native’s third trip to the Olympics.
Jackie Hernandez, Boardercross
Jackie Hernandez grew up in Londonderry, Vermont (the original home of Burton Snowboards), and, like Jacobellis, is a Stratton Mountain School rider. The 21-year-old has won more than a handful of Nor-Am Cups and a World Cup race. She and Jacobellis will race on February 16.
Alex Deibold, Boardercross
Another Stratton snowboardcross racer, and the only dude on this list, Alex Deibold just snagged second place at the 2013 Word Cup championship for his first World Cup podium. Fun fact: his first board was a purple and green Burton Air 128. Watch men’s snowboardcross on February 17.
Honorary Vermonter: Danny Davis
Halfpipe powerhouse Danny Davis once attended Stratton Mountain School, and we’re sure the fond memories of his time at Stratton are mutual. While these days he calls Lake Tahoe home, we’ve run into him a few times during the summer, thanks to his part in the Frendly Gathering.
Vermont breeds Olympians in more than just snowboarding — is it in the syrup, as Hannah Teter’s fans say? — see the full list on Olympic Central on VPR. Good luck, Team USA!
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