Gretchen Featured in Oprah Magazine

Gretchen Wins Grand Prix Stop 3 in Mammoth

Huge Congratulations to Gretchen for winning the third stop of the Grand Prix! This has pretty much secured her spot in going to be competing in Vancouver, it’s not official, so we can’t announce it yet, but we kind of just did. Congrats Gretch! Go for Gold!

Check out: Transworld Snowboarding for in depth run analysis and extra photos of the event.

Photos Courtesy of Transworld Snowboarding/Chris Wellhausen. For more of his work check out the TWS site or go to: www.chriswellhausen.com

Enni Rukajärvi – Roxy Chicken Jam Winner

Congrats Enni!!

K2 rookie Enni Rukajärvi took home the victory win at the 2010 Roxy Chicken Jam hosted at Saalback Hinterglemm. This competition is the world’s largest girls only snowboard event so winning an event like this is a huge accomplishment for the Finnish rider who beat out the double Roxy Chicken Jam champ Cheryl Maas.

At her winning run, she showed a 50/50 at the down box, a frontside 360 tail grab, a backside 540 indy and a cab 540 at the kickers as well as a 50/50 nosepress at the Roxy up-down box. With this winning run she ended up with a big chunk of the $50,000 prize purse to party with.

Check out some of the footy from the event below!

TTR Roxy Chicken Jam Europe 2010 Finals – Buaas, Maas, Rukajärvi from ttrworldtour on Vimeo.


Winner Of MGT Acadamy Announced! It’s…..

MGT Academy Class of 2010; And the Winner Is…..Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon!

Whistler based rider Marie-Andree Racine may soon need to follow in the steps of other Quebecois rippers before her and adopt an acronym moniker like DCP, LNP or MFR. Today MGT Snowboard Camp announced that Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon is the winner of the yearlong “MGT Academy” contest. Marie-Andree was chosen from a group of 5 finalists who were vying for a sponsorship with MGT Snowboard Camp that would provide the winner with unique snowboarding opportunities and a network that could fast-track their snowboard career.

The contest began 1 year ago and was open to anyone who registered for an MGT camp. The idea for MGT Academy came from seeing so many promising riders, including Raewyn Reid and Bev Vuilleumier, pass through the camp program that the MGT crew decided to permanently incorporate this sort of ‘sponsorship scholarship’.

To kick off her role as MGT Academy winner, Marie-Andree will be stuffing her new ThirtyTwo boots and pleasantly smelling Dakine snowboard socks and other gear into a Dakine luggage suite. She will then head into a snowy field to shoot with photographer Ashley Barker who holds the coveted cover of the current Snowboard Magazine Photo Annual (featuring Mikey Rencz). In addition to gear and a private photo shoot with a professional photographer, Marie-Andree will receive access to some of the season’s most desirable contests.

“To win the girls had to calculate the square root of a cab 540 and dial the molecular formula of 2 parts dedication and 2 parts raw talent.” jokes MGT co-founder and camp director Joanna Majcherkiewicz.. “The final 5 were all strong riders with great personalities. The judges agreed though that Marie’s riding stood out and she was consistently growing her list of strong regional contest results. Not that contests are the only performance barometer but they can build reputations and help you evolve as a rider. And they’re a great way to get free tshirts and indulge in resort french fries.”

Congratulations to winner Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon and the rest of the final 5; Shelley Julio, Kallie Murray, Emily Park and Jenna Mae Togado (visit her toque company at www.sikknits.com ). Learn more about these riders and see their photos on www.mgtsnowboardcamp.com .

MGT Snowboard Camp for female snowboarders has been spreading the shred since 2001. MGT’s winter and summer programs are designed for first time terrain park riders through to advanced terrain park riders and all mountain riders. The program operates under the inspirational gaze of professional snowboarders and venerable coaches. Get really really good this season! Brought to you by Burton, Monster Energy, K2, Dakine, Dragon Optics, ThirtyTwo and Snowboard Canada Magazine.

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If you’d like more information about this topic please visit www.mgtsnowboardcamp.com , call 403.681.2955 or email joanna@mgtsnowboardcamp.com.

URSINA WINS O’Neill Evolution Contest in Davos

Yeah Ursina! Congratulations to your first TTR 6 Star Victory!
fs5, bs5, fs air, bs air and a fs7 for high score!
so stoked!
next stop – Olympics?!
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results
1. ursina haller, sui, 84.5
2. cilka sadar, slo, 83.83
3. manuela pesko, sui, 83
4. kjersti buaas, nor, 81.17
5. caroline beliard, fra, 73
6. sarka pancochova, cze, 66.33
7. nadja purtschert, sui, 45.67

check out more on 2leftfeet

Ursina Haller Wins O’Neill Evolution Halfpipe!!

Yeah Ursina! Congratulations to your first TTR 6 Star Victory!
So stoked!
Next stop – Olympics?!
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Results
1. ursina haller, sui, 84.5
2. cilka sadar, slo, 83.83
3. manuela pesko, sui, 83
4. kjersti buaas, nor, 81.17
5. caroline beliard, fra, 73
6. sarka pancochova, cze, 66.33
7. nadja purtschert, sui, 45.67

check out more on 2leftfeet

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Manuela, Cilka, and Ursina on the podium - Photo: O'Neill

K2′s own Ursina Haller takes home her second win on the TTR Tour in Davos with her impressive halfpipe skills! Way ta’ go gal!

Her winning run of 84.5 from her first run of the final, consisted of a FS 5 into a BS 5, a Stalefish, a BS air, and a FS 7 at the bottom.

The Swiss gal states: “I didn?t expect to win, I was hoping for top five or top three – so I am even more stoked with the win!”

Walking home with 1000 Swatch TTR ranking points and $8000USD. That’s a nice hunk of cash!

TOP 6 FROM O’NEILL EVOLUTION WOMEN’S HALFPIPE

1. Ursina Haller, SUI, 1000.00
2. Cilka Sadar SLO 942.30
3. Manuela Laura Pesko, SUI 900.00
4. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, NOR 868.06
5. Caroline Beliard FRA 842.41
6. Sarka Pancochova CZE 820.00

K2 Pink Chase 2009 Raises 30k For Breast Cancer Research

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With over $30,000 fundraised for the breast cancer research, 687,260 vertical feet logged, and an assortment of creative pink costumes, the Pink Chase was a huge success! 19 teams combining a total of 57 women-skiers, snowboarders, tele skiers of varying ages– youthful 23 year olds to bright eyed 56 year olds participated in the Pink Chase Fundraiser at Keystone Resort, CO on December 12th. Despite the frigid temperatures, the women arrived in the early hours, energetic, and dressed from head to toe in an array of pink costumes—full piece bunny suits to Lady Gaga impersonators (Gaga for Gnar of course!), snow angels, and pink capes ready for a day of riding. Apres started promptly at 3PM at Parrot Eyes, followed by the awards ceremony (and raffle), mc’ed by K2’s very own Michael Powell. Tons of giveaways from our sponsors. PINK Hats were the hit, and the party didn’t stop till DJ Shares turned off his turn tables.

Be sure to check out the photos from the event! Hope to see you all and your friends back next year! Check back in the spring for details on PINK CHASE 2010!

We would also like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers for making this event possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

The PINK CHASE FUNDRAISER offers women of all ages and disciplines: the opportunity to be involved in an all women’s snow event, make a difference by fundraising for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), win great prizes and have a ton of fun skiing and riding with the K2 Alliance, their friends and other women teams for a day!

K2 Japan Women’s Team Featured on New PS3 Game

K2 Japan Team Rider Yukie Ueda gets the cover of the New Play Station Winter Sports 2010 video game on the 2010 VVV Rocker, Virtue Bindings and Affair Boot.

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Also featured in the games promotions are K2 Riders Sachi Tanaka and Reika Nomura. Click Here: http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/ws2010/ to check out the site.

Gretchen Takes Second at First Grand Prix Stop in Copper

This past weekend marked one of the first major stops in the run for the 2010 Olympics with the first stop of the Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. I followed it via the massive amounts of twittering that was happening throughout the event, sad that I was not down there to cheer on the K2 riders in person…and that I was missing all the fresh new CO snow. However there was no short of coverage from our friends at Trasworld Snowboarding, Snowboarder Magazine and Snowboard Mag. But all in-all it was by far one of the heaviest pipe sessions North America has seen yet to date and proved that this is going to be no easy race.

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Of course our eyes were glued to Gretchen who qualified first on Friday with a huge score of 47.1 (see below) who in the end started the season off with a second place finish behind Kelly Clark after a very heated battle. Check out all the coverage from the links above or read what Gretchen had to sa about it herself here: Gretchen Bleiler.com. Here is an outlay of Gretchen’s final run from TWS:050_gretchen

Gretchen Bleiler Takes First at Grand Prix Qualifiers in Copper

After all the media hype, summer shred ramp up, and speculation of who is in the running for this year’s US Olympic Snowboard Team the time for answers is finally upon us. This weekend marks the beginning of rush to Gold as Olympic hopefuls compete against one another in the US Grand Prix in Copper and Gretchen Bleiler did not start off slow. Taking first in the qualifiers today with a 47.10 she is on her way straight to the finals. Check out TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARDING for more pics…Screen-shot-2009-12-10-at-8.40.34-PM