ASC boarders headed to Russia for World Cup
Two members of the Auburn Ski Club snowboard team have been selected by the U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association to attend a pre-Olympic World Cup.
The event will be held in Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
ASC Snowboarders Ryan Stassel, Easton Gilman and Karly Shorr competed in the first ever FIS slopestyle World Cup held at Copper Mountain in Colorado in December.
At the competition Stassel and Shorr earned invites to Russia for a World Cup event. Stassel and Gilman were 2-of-16 American men in a field of 130 riders from 31 different nations. In the slopestyle event Stassel was 21st overall, fifth in his heat, and fifth highest placing American, while Gilman was 25th overall, sixth in his heat, and the sixth highest placing American. Stassel’s Colorado results also gained him an invite to the FIS World Championships in Stoneham, Canada where he was the highest American placing seventh overall.
Karly Shorr was one of eight American women competing against 70 different riders from 29 nations. Shorr had an incredible performance, with an 11th overall, fifth in her heat and was the second highest finishing American woman.
The Sochi World Cup Slopestyle event will be held on the same venue where the 2014 Winter Olympics will debut Slopestyle as a medal event. Stassel and Shorr are now hopefuls for the 2014 US Snowboard Olympic team.
The ASC Training Center operates a non-profit training center dedicated to providing winter sport opportunities to Northern California families and youth in all the skiing and snowboarding disciplines. Interested families can find more information at http://www.auburnskiclub.org or by calling the training center at 530-426-3313.
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