February 25, 2006
SQUAW VALLEY USA. Calif. (Squaw Valley Press Release)—For 24 ski and snowboard athletes gathered at Squaw Valley USA, Calif., on Saturday for the first-ever Jeep® Terrain Park Challenge (www.jeeptpc.com) National Championships, the event provided not only an opportunity for personal glory, but also the chance to further showcase one of the nation's fastest growing sports.
The competitors at Squaw Valley USA came from across the nation, but only four walked away with the title Jeep Terrain Park Challenge National Champion—skiers Spencer Milbocker and Kristen Stroebel and snowboarders Marcus Stephens and Megan Ginter.
The Jeep Terrain Park Challenge, a national grassroots program, challenges amateur skiers and snowboarders to bring their moves to the nation's best terrain parks—areas full of jumps, rails and other obstacles. The competition began with more than 50 resorts around the county hosting local qualifiers for thousands of eager participants. This group was then whittled down to the top 24 athletes through six Regional Qualifiers and resulted in an elite culmination of talent at Squaw Valley USA.
Following are the complete results from the competition:
1. Spencer Milbocker, 13—Otsego, Mich.
2. Ted Carrick, 17—Stowe, Vt.
3. Casey Krueger, 20—Big Bear Lake, Calif.
4. Coby Trudell, 21—Wenatchee, Wash.
5. Tony Seyffer , 18—Red Wing, Minn.
6. Nick Chemiske, 15—Angel Fire, N.M.
1. Kristen Stroebel, 16—Northfield, Minn.
2. Tamara Loudy, 20—Big Bear Lake, Calif.
3. Veronica Kelly, 16—Lanesboro, Mass.
4. Allison Long , 18—Everett, Wash.
5. Haley Kanaskie, 14—Traverse City, Mich.
6. Stevie Lund, 20—Eagle Nest, N.M. (Did Not Compete)
1. Marcus Stephens, 19—Leavenworth, Wash.
2. Carson Pippin, 15—Holly, Mich.
3. Mark Wilson, 14—Virginia, Minn.
4. Jon Long, 20—Silverthorne, Colo.
5. Ben Sullo, 17—Bristol, Vt.
6. Chad Tarbell, 10—Big Bear Lake, Calif. (Did Not Compete)
1. Megan Ginter, 19—Carnation, Wash.
2. Amanda Sweeney, 20—Big Bear Lake, Calif.
3. Ashley Vander Meer, 17—Caledonia, Mich.
4. Elizabeth Slattery, 19—Gilead, Vt.
5. Whitney Rezendes, 19—Englewood, Colo.
6. Annie Berres, 16—Stillwater, Minn. [pagebreak]The Jeep Terrain Park Challenge National Championship took place in conjunction with the grand finale of the Jeep King of the Mountain Professional Skiing & Snowboarding World Championships. Now in its 13th year as professional snow sports' most prestigious event, the Jeep King of the Mountain Series features 32 of the world's top racers competing for a share of the richest prize purse in the sport. A national audience will be able to view the Skiing & Snowboarding World Championships, as well as highlights from the Jeep Terrain Park Challenge on March 25 from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. EST on CBS Sports, and on nationally syndicated television across the U.S. between March 13 and April 2.
Proceeds from the Jeep Terrain Park Challenge will benefit The Heuga Center (www.heuga.org), a non-profit organization founded in 1984 by former Olympic ski racer, Jimmie Heuga, that improves the lives of people with multiple sclerosis. Several of the Jeep Terrain Park regional competitions will also coincide with the Heuga Center's Vertical Express for MS (VEMS) program events.
Jeep is the title sponsor for the Jeep Terrain Park Challenge and the Jeep King of the Mountain Series. The Professional Skiing & Snowboarding World Championships are the sister competition to summertime's Jeep King of the Mountain Professional Mountain Biking World Championships (www.jeepsports.com). Other marketing partners for the Jeep Terrain Park Challenge include: Atomic, Columbia Sportswear Company, John Paul Mitchell Systems, Mopar, Scott USA, Sirius Satellite Radio and Ski Press Magazine.