Yesterday, the United States have named their national snowboarding team for this season, with ten athletes being invited to join. The team includes Cristina Albert, Tyler Burdick, Marc Dervaes, Heidi Jo Duce, Keith Gabel, Fatu Matagi, Amy Purdy, Nicole Roundy, Mike Shea and Evan Strong. Most of the team is drawn from California, Colorado or Utah. The only boarder from outside this area is Dervaes, who is from West Chester, Pennsylvania. There are slightly more men than women, with six men and four women.
Eight competitors represented the United States at this year’s Paralympic Games. The United States led all countries in medals in snowboarding in Sochi, claiming four of the six available medals.
U.S. Paralympics alpine skiing and snowboarding high performance director Kevin Jardine is quoted by US Paralympics as saying, “Our team had an amazing year last year, winning four medals in the Paralympic Games debut of snowboarding. […] We want to take that momentum into the 2015 world championships, and I’m confident this team is going to continue to develop Team USA’s position as a powerhouse of Paralympic snowboarding.”
The IPC Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard World Cup kicks off in January of 2015, with the IPC Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard World Championships taking place at La Molina in Spain in February.