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SVSEF riders Ryan Roemer and Chase Josey named to Junior World team

February 26, 2013

By Jeff Cordes, Idaho Mountain Express

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team riders Chase Josey and Ryan Roemer have been selected to compete on the American team in the 17th FIS Snowboard Junior World Championship competition Feb. 28-March 11 at Erzurum, Turkey.

Although Josey and last year’s USASA overall national champion Roemer won’t attend the event, their selection is a prestigious honor, one that signifies both are competing at the highest levels of the sport, said SVSEF Snowboard Team Director Andy Gilbert.

Josey, 17, a Community School senior, competed last March in his first Junior World Championships at Sierra Nevada, Spain. He placed fourth overall in a field of 54—and the top American in halfpipe. He was 30th in slopestyle at the same competition. Josey has competed in three World Cup halfpipes this winter, placing as high as eighth Jan. 12 in Colorado.

Wood River High School senior Roemer, 17, has gravitated to snowboardcross this winter and has competed mainly on the Nor-Am tour—placing fifth and seventh at Copper Mountain, Colo. Jan. 24-25. He was also 14th in the Pro Men’s class of the recent Mt. Baker Banked Slalom—after winning his age class in the highly-regarded race last year. This is his first Junior World Championship selection.

Gilbert said, “Although Chase and Ryan won’t attend Junior Worlds this year, they each have two more years of eligibility left.” Next year’s Junior World Championships are in Korea, he added.

Roemer is planning to race in the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and USANA Skicross event Feb. 25-March 2 at Park City, Utah. They are Nor-Am sanctioned events allowing athletes to gain points for the FIS ranking list. And both Josey and Roemer are looking forward to the U.S. Revolution Tour stop in Sun Valley during March.

In its ninth season, the U.S. Revolution Tour wraps up its three-stop tour season March 17-22 at Sun Valley Resort. The tour consists of halfpipe, slopestyle and cross, for both freeskiing and snowboarding. It has become a stepping stone for athletes making the transition from competing at the grass roots level and moving to the Elite level.

According to U.S. Snowboarding, the series pre-qualifies a portion of its field and then opens registration to any athlete. In general, the Revolution Tour is focused toward riders ages 13-19 (cross athletes 15-19) competing as an Open class. Top juniors will be invited to be part of the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, USASA nationals and the U.S. Open.

Gilbert said about the Rev Tour, “I really hope the town comes out to not only support the local athletes but also Sun Valley Company’s efforts to bring these events here.”

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Gilbert said, “The fact that the Rev Tour Final is here in Sun Valley is huge for both Chase and Ryan. They’re going to put on quite a show for the hometown crowd as will all the riders. Ryan and Chase are both contenders to win Revolution Tour events.”