Auburn Ski Club snowboarder, 21, named to national slopestyle team
December 3, 2013
Ryan Stassel, a member of the Auburn Ski Club Training Center snowboard program, has been named to the five-member men's 2014 National Pro Slopestyle team by the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association.
Slopestyle will make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February.
"It's such an exciting time for U.S. Snowboarding right now with next-level halfpipe runs and the slopestyle team getting its first shot at Olympic medals," said Mike Jankowski, head U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding coach. "This group of riders has truly shaped what U.S. Snowboarding is all about and is blazing a path into the future. I have to give all my respect to them for their hard work and true dedication to the sport of snowboarding."
Stassel, 21, whose hometown is Anchorage, Alaska, has been a member of the ASC Training Center's snowboard program since he was 14. He has risen to the top of the slopestyle discipline with two successive overall wins in the USSA Revolution Tour Slopestyle Championships and as a member of the FIS Junior Worlds team.
He placed 19th at the World Championships in Oslo, Norway, and at the Stoneham, Canada, World Cup his seventh-place finish and top-20 overall results earned the United States one of four slopestyle spots for the Sochi Olympics.
In 2010 the ASC Training Center snowboard program was named the top snowboard program in the country by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. That same year ASC's snowboard program director and head coach, Dylan Omlin, was named the top domestic coach in the country by USSA.
Now in its 85th season, the ASC Training Center offers opportunities in alpine, snowboard, Nordic and biathlon winter sports aimed at athletic achievement and family participation for all ages.
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