It’s Official, Gretchen’s going to Vancouver!

2010 Olympic Snowboarding Team

It’s finally official! K2 pro rider Gretchen Bleiler will be going to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Congrats Gretch! We’re super excited to watch you in the games, Go for Gold!

Final Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Standings
Average of best two results (ties broken)

Men
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, CA, 1000
2. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, NH, 800
3. Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 800
4. Danny Davis, Detroit, MI, 645
5. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 550
6. JJ Thomas, Golden, CO, 550
7. Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 550
8. Zack Black, Breckenridge, CO, 525
9. Elijah Teter, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 475
10. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 400

Women
1. Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, VT, 1000
2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 900
3. Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT, 800
4. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 650
5. Ellery Hollingsworth, Stratton, VT, 600
6. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, 500
7. Maddy Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, CO, 500
8. Clair Bidez, Minturn, CO, 425
9. Kelly Marren, Hillsborough, CA, 32

To check out some pictures from the event or to watch some video check out Transworld Snowboarding

Live Coverage of the Final Grand Prix!!!

The U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Olympic Qualifiers is coming to a close with the last competition taking place in Park City, Utah.

Thanks to the people over at FUEL TV, they will be webcasting live in HD on Saturday, January 23rd from 8:20pm ET/5:20pm PT to 10:45pm ET/7:45pm PT. With live halfpipe coverage, awards, and the announcement of the 2010 Winter Olympics team!

Cheer on Gretchen Bleiler as she secures her spot in the 2010 Olympic team and goes for the Gold!

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

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

Gretchen Bleiler Gears Up for the Olympic Qualifiers

K2′s Gretchen Bleiler has been training all year for the Olympic qualifiers which kick off this week.  She is a past silver medalist in the 2006 Winter Olympic’s and this year she’s going for the gold!

Our support goes out to her as she plans ahead for the Olympic Qualifiers!

The 2010 Grand Prix Olympic Qualifiers will be making three stops with a total of five competitions which will determine the 2010 U.S. Olympic Halfpipe Team. Follow Gretchen and get additional Grand Prix coverage on FuelTV. Or check out her new Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/GretchenBleiler.

The U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix TV schedule:

U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix – Copper Mountain, CO airdates:
NBC – 12/13/09 – 2pm est
Versus – 12/27/09 – 4pm est

U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix – Mammoth, CA airdates:
NBC – 1/10/10 – 1:30pm est
Versus – 1/17/10 – 4pm est

U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix – Park City, UT airdates:
NBC – 1/24/10 – 3pm est
Versus – 1/31/10 – 6pm est hp#1
2/7/10 – 3pm est hp#2

Paul Mitchell Progression Session airdates:
Copper Mountain – 12/27/09 – 5pm est
Telluride – 1/10/10 – 5pm est
Mammoth – 1/17/10 – 5pm est