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Monthly Archives: February 2013
Scanned Photo: Transworld Snowboarding, 1997
The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships kicked off today in Vail, Colorado. After 30 years, the Open has left its Vermont roots, trading Stratton for the larger venue of Vail. I suppose it represents progress for the sport, but am sad to see the event leave the state where it was born and cultivated.
Needless to say, Vermont is steeped in snowboard heritage and has produced more than its fair share of world-class riders. In honor of the state’s role in snowboard history and culture, here is my favorite image of my favorite Vermont rider, Betsy Shaw: many time US Open competitor, World Champion, Olympian, all-around hero.
Yes, there were other women in this slalom race but all I’m really caring about is Mikaela Shiffrin. World Champion. At seventeen. Totally amazing (though not surprising) and completely awesome!
Another post to follow soon with due respect to the rest of the world class field. . .
I love how they announced the start of Ted’s runs with “It’s Ligety time”. Yes, it was. It is. Not since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968 – 45 years ago – has there been a triple world champion — incredible. Congratulations, Ted!