Palmer, others to compete in World Cup
November 30, 2005
South Shore’s Abe Greenspan, Bobby Minghini and six-time Winter X Games gold medalist Shaun Palmer, 37, will be vying for spots in the finals of the SBX World Cup boardercross event this week in Whistler, British Columbia.
The three Tahoe riders will try and qualify Tuesday through Thursday for the men’s finals on Friday. Squaw Valley’s Nate Holland and Sierraville’s Jayson Hale have already been pre-qualified for the finals.
In the women’s event, Tahoe Paradise’s Joanie Anderson will also be trying to qualify. The women’s finals are on Thursday following Wednesday’s qualifying round.
Minghini and Greenspan both rode out of Kirkwood last season, while Anderson rides out of Sierra-at-Tahoe. Minghini is a student at Lake Tahoe Community College. Greenspan is currently attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City and training at Park City Mountain Resort.
Last year at the FIS Junior World Championships in Switzerland, Minghini finished sixth in boardercross and was the high U.S. finisher. Greenspan finished seventh in the event and also took first in boardercross at the USASA National Championships in Copper Mountain, Colo.
Heavenly skiers to vie for U.S. slots
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Four Heavenly Ski Foundation freestyle skiers will compete for spots on the U.S. Ski Team this week in Park City, Utah. Sho Kashima, Jay Panther, Marina Palmieri and Hannah Curtzwiler will try to beat out about 60 other skiers in their gender division for a spot on the U.S. team.
The event begins today and continues throughout the week. Sixty males and 60 females are expected to participate in single moguls and dual moguls. Usually just the winner in each division earns a spot on the U.S. team, but about half gain entry into Nor-Ams.
Kashima and Panther finished fourth and 10th, respectively, last year at nationals, while Curtzwiler, 13, was the youngest competitor at nationals.
Freestyle coach Jere Crawford said he’s still looking for skiers to join this year’s team. After working with 17 athletes last season, he’s expecting just 15 this season.
For more information on the joining the freestyle team, call Crawford at home at (530) 542-2505 or at the Heavenly Ski Foundation at (530) 541-7354.
Squaw to host Jeep event
The Jeep King of the Mountain Series, which is entering its 13th season, has announced that Squaw Valley is one of four host sites for the 2005-06 Professional Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships.
The first race of the season was this past weekend in Crested Butte, Colo., the second race is set for Jan. 7-8 in Sunshine Village, Canada, and the third race is scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunday River, Maine.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, there will be national open qualifier at Squaw Valley that will give locals an opportunity to gain entry into the finals on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Each of the four host sites feature 32 of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders competing in a head-to-head format and challenging for more than $400,000 in prize money. The CBS-televised event was held at Heavenly Mountain Resort last season.
For more information on this year’s event or how to register for the open qualifier, visit http://www.jeepsports.com.