Four riders on Junior World team

Wild, Farrell, Ladley, Chythlook on to Korea

Four Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders have been named to the FIS Junior World Championships team.

Callan Chythlook, Vic Wild and Pat Farrell will represent the Winter Sports Club and the United States in the parallel giant slalom. Chythlook also is a snowboardcross, or boardercross, selection. Matt Ladley was named to the team in halfpipe.

Winter Sports Club coaches Spencer Tamblyn and Hans Berger were named to the U.S. Junior Worlds coaching staff. The Junior World Championships is open to riders ages 13 to 19. The FIS Junior World Champion--ships are from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7 in Vivaldi Park, Korea.

"We are really excited for these two coaches to represent our club on an international stage. Both of them are amazing coaches, and this is one of the highest honors a coach can receive," said Jon Casson, the Winter Sports Club's snowboard program director.

Ladley was named to the team fresh off a second-place showing in a Revolution Tour halfpipe event from Jan. 13 to 15 at Spirit Mountain, Minn. Teammates Colin Tucker, Blake Eddington and Danny Buller finished 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively.

Teddy Heid, Charlie Peddie and Cody Kurowski made the finals (top 15) of the slopestyle competition at Spirit Mountain. Cody Brown finished 11th, and John Sweetser was 28th in the snowboardcross event on the Revolution Tour.

All snowboarders are part of Steamboat's Pro-Am team.

"It was a long trip between the Grand Prix in Oregon and the Revolution Tour in Minnesota, but the kids held up great and were really supportive of each other," Tamblyn said. "They all rode awesome and showed everyone what great kids we have on our snowboard team."

Before the Revolution Tour stop, the Winter Sports Club Pro-Am team competed at the Mount Bachelor Grand Prix, an event that also featured the country's top professional snowboarders, from Jan. 5 to 8.

Ladley placed 22nd in the pipe, leading a strong showing by the Winter Sports Club. Heid was 46th, Peddie was 48th, Chad Oliver was 50th, Buller was 65th, and Tucker was 66th. Almost 100 of the world's best pipe riders competed in Oregon.

"This was probably the strongest showing our Pro-Am team has had in a Grand Prix," Tamblyn said. "They held their own against the top pro riders in the U.S., and I'm super proud of their performance."

Ladley landed a 1080 (three full rotations) in his second run. As far as Casson knows, Ladley, 14, is the youngest rider to land that trick in competition.

Peddie had his best showing in a pro-level event, finishing 22nd in slopestyle.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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