Kashima nominated for U.S. Ski Team
South Shore bump skier to be officially selected in June
By Jeremy Evans
Tribune staff writer
The official announcement might not come for another month, but Sho Kashima already feels part of the U.S. Ski Team.
“I got my suit and everything,” said the 19-year-old Kashima, who skis for the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation. “We have mandatory orientation in June in Steamboat. I think after that will be the naming.”
After winning the dual moguls title at the U.S. Freestyle Championships in March, Kashima was considered a top candidate for the national team. In addition to his first-place finish in duals, he also finished seventh in singles at nationals.
“I knew he had the capacity to win this because he’s a real fast skier,” Heavenly freestyle coach Jere Crawford said of Kashima. “He had a lot of close duals, but he pulled it off. He’s kind of in shock.”
Kashima and Landon Gardner of Park City, Utah, are the only two new nominations for the “C” team. If Kashima demonstrates he can accept the responsibilities of being a part of the U.S. Ski Team and plans to compete during the 2006-07 season, he will be officially named to the team, according to United States Ski Association rules.
Kashima will compete at four camps this summer with the national freestyle team. There is a camp this week at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and the next one is scheduled for June in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Kashima thinks the official announcement will come after the Steamboat camp.
The third camp is scheduled for July at Mount Hood in Oregon and the final camp of the summer is in August in Chile. Even though he’s relieved to be part of the team, Kashima said it’s important to keep working hard.
“It’s a good opportunity and I’m pretty excited,” Kashima said. “I’m just going to keep working on my turns and getting stronger. Especially starting on the “C” team, you have to do certain things to keep your spot. You’re not guaranteed of being there next year.”
South Lake Tahoe’s Travis Cabral, who competed for the U.S. Olympic Team this past year in Torino, Italy, was also nominated for the “C” team. It’s still unclear whether Cabral will continue to compete for the national team.
Reno’s McKenzy Golding was nominated to the women’s “C” team, while Tahoe City’s Shannon Bahrke, who also participated at the Winter Olympics, and Squaw Valley’s Laurel Shanley were both nominated for the women’s “A” team. Reno’s Shelly Robertson was nominated for the women’s “B” team.
Ganong named to team
Squaw Valley skier Travis Ganong was recently named to the U.S. Ski Team’s Alpine developmental team following his performances during the 2005-06 season. Ganong finished the season ranked as the No. 1 skier among 18-year-olds in all four Alpine disciplines (downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom). At J2 nationals, he won a gold medal in super-G, a silver medal in downhill and a bronze medal in slalom.
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