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

Gretchen Graces Self Magazine

Self Magazine Feb Issue

Gretchen Bleiler graces the 2010 Febuary issue of SELF Magazine, giving her inside scoop on how she juggles being a Pro Snowboarder, Olympian, and designing her own GB Oakley line without getting burned out.

Ladies, don’t forget to pick up your copy of SELF Magazine’s February issue!

K2 Pretty in Pink Rail Jam

K2 Snowboarding Pretty in Pink Rail Jam

K2 Snowboarding Pretty in Pink Rail Jam

Hey ladies!  K2 Pretty in Pink is back again this year kicking off our Paint the Mountain Pink weekend at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. This GIRLS ONLY rail jam will allow the ladies to showcase their skills front and center in the South base area as they compete for a boatload of prizes. This year we’ll be offering 2 Divisions (16 & Under and Open) as well as a High Ollie contest.  This is a FREE event.

Details:
4-5:30PM Registration in the South Lodge Basement
5:30PM Rider Practice
6PM Qualifiers
7:30PM High Ollie Contest
8PM Finals 9PM Awards

All participants will need to complete a participation waiver, if you’re under 18 your parent will need to sign for you. Helmets are required. For more information click here!

Enni takes it home again!

Unbelievable, Enni Rukajärvi takes home her second 6star TTR victory in a row. Today she won the slopestyle at the Burton European Open!
Congrats Enni, we’re stoked!
Onboardmag.com:
Again it was Enni who dominated the contest. Her best run started off with some great jib moves in the upper section of the course: a 50-50 Boardslide to Fakie, Cab 360 Slide, Cab 270 Boardslide, 50-50 on the Downbox, a huge Stalefish over the quarter, a Frontside 360 Indy, Backside mute 540 and a stylish Cab 720. The magnitude of the tricks as well as their style could not be matched by any other girl.
GIRLS-SS-PRIZEGIVING
photo by Danny Burrows

1 Rukajärvi Enni 93.17
2 Candrian Sina 78.50
3 Pancochova Sarka 74.50
4 Wiik Lisa 63.83
5 Gottlieb Shelly 62.67
6 van Gils Charlotte 45.50
7 Ramholt Tina 41.00
8 Karlinski Jordie 33.33
more on onboard mag

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.

###


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?!
54096_big
Foto Remo Kaelin
54097_big
Foto Bernhard Ritzer/ O’Neil

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?!
54096_big
Foto Remo Kaelin
54097_big
Foto Bernhard Ritzer/ O’Neil

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

O'Neill Evolution Women's Halpipe prizegiving 2010  evo10 (photographed by O'Neill)

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