Local boarder beats Powers in competition

— Ross Powers may have the bigger name, but Grant Glenn had a bigger run to win a recent superpipe event in California.

Pulling a Haakon Flip, Switch Frontside 540 and 900, Glenn, a relative unknown from Steamboat Springs, defeated Powers, the defending Olympic gold medallist, 42.5 to 41.8 at a Jan. 20 American Snowboard Tour competition in June Lakes, Calif.

Tommy Czeschin, also a 2002 Olympian, came in third with a 39.8.

Glenn, who is currently competing on the professional circuit, was unavailable for comment, but Carol Eddington was on hand for Glenn's amazing run.

"Everyone just went crazy," she said. "Grant had to be a lot better than Ross or Tommy to win. Ross Powers' name alone gets him in the top three. For Grant to beat those two kids is amazing. He was so smooth. It was a clean run, and when he came down everyone knew he won. It was great."

Eddington was part of a large contingent of fans from Steamboat in June Lakes for the competition. Two of Eddington's children were part of the event but had to withdraw because of injury. However, it didn't take away from the experience she had watching another hometowner take the top prize.

"I ran out of film as he stepped onto the podium," Eddington said.

Glenn was the only man from Colorado to place in the top five in the superpipe competition, and Eddington said his win was a huge statement for snowboarding in Steamboat.

"We have a good snowboard program," Eddington said. "There might be a couple national winners at younger ages but for Grant to win a pro event is huge. He had a smile from ear to ear. I was glad I got to witness it."

The event Glenn won was the first of three on the American Snowboard Tour.

In its 13th season, the tour is the nation's longest running professional and amateur snowboard competition in the United States. A total of $100,000 in prize money is on the line, as well as an automatic invitation to the 2004 X Games which begins Thursday in Aspen.

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