Oakley's Shaun White, Gretchen Bleiler, Elena Hight, Greg Bretz Make US Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe Team

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Oakley’s Shaun White, Greg Bretz, Gretchen Bleiler and Elena Hight make the 2010 Olympic Snowboard Team. The U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the talent-filled roster of 18 athletes Monday.

“We are going in to the 2010 Games with one of the strongest athletic lineups possible,” U.S. Snowboarding Head Coach Peter Foley said. “We’re hoping to go into Vancouver and build on the successes we saw in 2006. This Team is in position to do great things.”

After winning four of five events at the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix and landing the first-ever competition Mctwist 12, Oakley’s Shaun White, who took the gold medal in 2006, has kept his stronghold on winning halfpipe events and will be a favorite in Vancouver.

“Shaun is truly an amazing competitor. After winning in 2006 he has been non-stop and has played a huge role in the progression halfpipe has seen in these past four years,” U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Head Coach Mike Jankowski said.

Joining White is a lineup of talented riders with unique style, including Oakley’s 19-year-old Greg Bretz who has the coveted double cork in his repertoire. Greg is officially the youngest member of the men’s 2010 U.S. Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe team. He finished in the top five in four out of five contests throughout the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix season to claim his spot. Louie Vito and Scotty Lago complete the men’s roster.

On the women’s side of things, the Olympic Team will be comprised of the same talent it featured in 2006.

Filling out the women’s roster, Oakley’s Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler, Hannah Teter and Oakley’s 2006 Olympian Elena Hight all bring the Olympic experience and heavy-hitting tricks to make the grade at Cypress Mountain.

2010 U.S. OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDING TEAM
(name, hometown, age as of opening ceremonies, birthdate, (past Olympics))

Halfpipe Men
Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 19, 12/19/1990
Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 22, 11/12/1987
Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 21, 3/20/1988
Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 23, 9/3/1986 (2006)

Halfpipe Women
Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 28, 04/10/1981 (2006)
Kelly Clark, W. Dover, VT, 26, 07/26/1983 (2002, 2006)
Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 20, 08/17/1989 (2006)
Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT, 23, 01/27/1987 (2006)

SBX Men
Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, MI, 28, 12/17/1981
Nate Holland, Squaw Valley, CA, 31, 11/8/1978 (2006)
Graham Watanabe, Sun Valley, ID, 27, 03/19/1982 (2006)
Seth Wescott, Sugarloaf, ME, 33, 06/28/1976 (2006)

SBX Women
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, Girdwood, AK, 24, 04/17/1985
Faye Gulini, Salt Lake City, UT, 17, 03/24/1992
Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT, 24, 08/19/1985 (2006)

PGS Men
Tyler Jewell, Steamboat Springs, CO, 32, 02/21/1977 (2006)
Chris Klug, Aspen, CO, 37, 11/18/1972 (1998, 2002)

PGS Women
Michelle Gorgone, Boston, MA, 26, 10/18/1983 (2006)

Author

Erin Edwards

Date

January 26, 2010