<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:24:35 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Korean citizenship gives former Colorado College Tiger Mike Testwuide Olympic opportunity]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/korean-citizenship-gives-former-colorado-college-tiger-mike-testwuide-olympic-opportunity/article/1548760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/korean-citizenship-gives-former-colorado-college-tiger-mike-testwuide-olympic-opportunity/article/1548760?custom_click=rss

Former Colorado College center Mike Testwuide couldn't turn down a chance to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

A few weeks ago, new South Korean men's ice hockey national team coach Jim Paek approached the former Pikes Peak Miner to see if he would apply for dual citizenship. That would allow him to play for his adopted country, which automatically qualifies as the host in PyeongChang.

He became a South Korean citizen March 23.

"The possibility had been mentioned a few times throughout the past two years but mostly just rumors," said the forward, who plays professionally for Anyang Halla (Seoul suburb) of the Asian League. "The process has been very fast; it has taken about a month.



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Former Colorado College center Mike Testwuide couldn't turn down a chance to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

A few weeks ago, new South Korean men's ice hockey national team coach Jim Paek approached the former Pikes Peak Miner to see if he would apply for dual citizenship. That would allow him to play for his adopted country, which automatically qualifies as the host in PyeongChang.

He became a South Korean citizen March 23.

"The possibility had been mentioned a few times throughout the past two years but mostly just rumors," said the forward, who plays professionally for Anyang Halla (Seoul suburb) of the Asian League. "The process has been very fast; it has taken about a month.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:47:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Shiffrin captures slalom title at US Alpine Championships]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/shiffrin-captures-slalom-title-at-us-alpine-championships/article/1548706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shiffrin-captures-slalom-title-at-us-alpine-championships/article/1548706?custom_click=rss

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect.

Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too.

Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Megan McJames was third.

Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort. She was so relaxed that she signed autographs as she waited for the final run.

Because here, she's treated



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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect.

Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too.

Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Megan McJames was third.

Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort. She was so relaxed that she signed autographs as she waited for the final run.

Because here, she's treated

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:26:24 -0600
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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect.

Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too.

Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Megan McJames was third.

Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort. She was so relaxed that she signed autographs as she waited for the final run.

Because here, she's treated like

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Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too.

Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Megan McJames was third.

Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort. She was so relaxed that she signed autographs as she waited for the final run.

Because here, she's treated like ]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:01:30 -0600 <![CDATA[U.S. sled hockey continues dominance over Canadians]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/u.s.-sled-hockey-continues-dominance-over-canadians/article/1548675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-sled-hockey-continues-dominance-over-canadians/article/1548675?custom_click=rss

Kevin McKee (Chicago) scored twice and Declan Farmer (Tampa) tallied three assists to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team past Canada, 3-1, today at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C.

“We dealt with some adversity today but everyone stepped up and did a great job, especially in the third period,” said Guy Gosselin, acting head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Both teams came out to play and fortunately we came out on top.”

The one goal was Canada’s first in four meetings between the two teams and ended Steve Cash’s shutout streak against the Canadians at just over 250 minutes of play. The U.S.



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Kevin McKee (Chicago) scored twice and Declan Farmer (Tampa) tallied three assists to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team past Canada, 3-1, today at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C.

“We dealt with some adversity today but everyone stepped up and did a great job, especially in the third period,” said Guy Gosselin, acting head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Both teams came out to play and fortunately we came out on top.”

The one goal was Canada’s first in four meetings between the two teams and ended Steve Cash’s shutout streak against the Canadians at just over 250 minutes of play. The U.S.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:21:24 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. sled hockey continues dominance over Canadians]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/u.s.-sled-hockey-continues-dominance-over-canadians/article/1548674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-sled-hockey-continues-dominance-over-canadians/article/1548674?custom_click=rss Kevin McKee (Chicago) scored twice and Declan Farmer (Tampa) tallied three assists to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team past Canada, 3-1, today at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C.

“We dealt with some adversity today but everyone stepped up and did a great job, especially in the third period,” said Guy Gosselin, acting head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Both teams came out to play and fortunately we came out on top.”

The one goal was Canada’s first in four meetings between the two teams and ended Steve Cash’s shutout streak against the Canadians at just over 250 minutes of play. The U.S.



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Kevin McKee (Chicago) scored twice and Declan Farmer (Tampa) tallied three assists to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team past Canada, 3-1, today at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C.

“We dealt with some adversity today but everyone stepped up and did a great job, especially in the third period,” said Guy Gosselin, acting head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Both teams came out to play and fortunately we came out on top.”

The one goal was Canada’s first in four meetings between the two teams and ended Steve Cash’s shutout streak against the Canadians at just over 250 minutes of play. The U.S.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:20:06 -0600
<![CDATA[OTC resident leads Team USA gold medal haul]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/otc-resident-leads-team-usa-gold-medal-haul/article/1548669?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/otc-resident-leads-team-usa-gold-medal-haul/article/1548669?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident Joe Berenyi earned his second world title of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Friday in the men’s C3 3-kilometer individual pursuit in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Berenyi placed second last year.

The reigning Paralympic champion in the individual pursuit, also won his first career world title in Thursday’s time trial.

“Today was another great day,” Berenyi said. “Winning two jerseys is an incredible accomplishment. Everything went smooth in the qualification round and final. I’m looking forward to the team sprint and scratch race on Sunday.



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Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident Joe Berenyi earned his second world title of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Friday in the men’s C3 3-kilometer individual pursuit in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Berenyi placed second last year.

The reigning Paralympic champion in the individual pursuit, also won his first career world title in Thursday’s time trial.

“Today was another great day,” Berenyi said. “Winning two jerseys is an incredible accomplishment. Everything went smooth in the qualification round and final. I’m looking forward to the team sprint and scratch race on Sunday.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:58:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Rivalry leads Jason Brown and Joshua Farris to world skate championships]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/rivalry-leads-jason-brown-and-joshua-farris-to-world-skate-championships/article/1548503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rivalry-leads-jason-brown-and-joshua-farris-to-world-skate-championships/article/1548503?custom_click=rss

A friendly rivalry between two area figure skaters has propelled them to their first senior world championships.

Monument-based Jason Brown, the U.S. national champion, and Joshua Farris, the 2015 American bronze medalist, both make their debut when men's senior competition begins early Friday in Shanghai.

Their rivalry has gone on for half their lives. While still friendly, it is picking up in intensity as the stakes get higher.

"When we were a lot younger, I was a lot more introverted than I am now or at least acted like it," Farris said. "I didn't really talk to anyone so our friendship has gradually increased. Yes, we do have the rivalry still. It's more like we are training partners almost, and we push each other



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A friendly rivalry between two area figure skaters has propelled them to their first senior world championships.

Monument-based Jason Brown, the U.S. national champion, and Joshua Farris, the 2015 American bronze medalist, both make their debut when men's senior competition begins early Friday in Shanghai.

Their rivalry has gone on for half their lives. While still friendly, it is picking up in intensity as the stakes get higher.

"When we were a lot younger, I was a lot more introverted than I am now or at least acted like it," Farris said. "I didn't really talk to anyone so our friendship has gradually increased. Yes, we do have the rivalry still. It's more like we are training partners almost, and we push each other

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:05:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Looking to 'inspire,' Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin turns pro]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/looking-to-inspire-olympic-swimmer-missy-franklin-turns-pro/article/1548413?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/looking-to-inspire-olympic-swimmer-missy-franklin-turns-pro/article/1548413?custom_click=rss

Missy Franklin has bid farewell to college swimming and is turning pro.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist went out with a bang, winning three individual events and helping her California team win the NCAA championship last weekend.

Now, Franklin can start competing for money and endorsement deals, and she's signed with a sports agent connected to Hollywood.

Franklin told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she's chosen Mark Ervin of WME-IMG to represent her. She will be the first swimmer in his client stable that includes Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn. Ervin used to work with Olympic snowboarder Shaun White.

"I am so confident in my choice," she said. "I felt this incredible connection with



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Missy Franklin has bid farewell to college swimming and is turning pro.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist went out with a bang, winning three individual events and helping her California team win the NCAA championship last weekend.

Now, Franklin can start competing for money and endorsement deals, and she's signed with a sports agent connected to Hollywood.

Franklin told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she's chosen Mark Ervin of WME-IMG to represent her. She will be the first swimmer in his client stable that includes Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn. Ervin used to work with Olympic snowboarder Shaun White.

"I am so confident in my choice," she said. "I felt this incredible connection with

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:40:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Swimmers set 28 U.S., Pan Am Paralympian records]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/swimmers-set-28-u.s.-pan-am-paralympian-records/article/1548417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/swimmers-set-28-u.s.-pan-am-paralympian-records/article/1548417?custom_click=rss

Seven U.S. and Pan American records were broken during the final day of the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto on Sunday. Team USA closed out the three days of competition with a total of 28 records: one world, 17 American and 10 Pan American records.
 
Can Ams serve as an international qualifier for the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and 2015 Parapan American Games this summer in Glasgow, Scotland and Toronto, respectively. Teams will be announced by March 30 for worlds and April 6 for the Parapan Am Games.
 
The event began with an awards ceremony from the previous day’s best performances, featuring Team USA’s Kayla Wheeler and Roy Perkins, Jr. as the



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Seven U.S. and Pan American records were broken during the final day of the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto on Sunday. Team USA closed out the three days of competition with a total of 28 records: one world, 17 American and 10 Pan American records.
 
Can Ams serve as an international qualifier for the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and 2015 Parapan American Games this summer in Glasgow, Scotland and Toronto, respectively. Teams will be announced by March 30 for worlds and April 6 for the Parapan Am Games.
 
The event began with an awards ceremony from the previous day’s best performances, featuring Team USA’s Kayla Wheeler and Roy Perkins, Jr. as the

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:06:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Paralympian snaps own world record]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/paralympian-snaps-own-world-record/article/1548330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paralympian-snaps-own-world-record/article/1548330?custom_click=rss

TORONTO — Seventeen-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long opened the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto today by breaking a world record in the 400-meter free (S8) women’s race. Long outswam her previous mark set at the London 2012 Games by more than a second with an unofficial time of 4:40.44.
Long also swam in the 100 butterfly preliminary race at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, finishing with a time of 1:11.15. Can Ams take place at the same venue as the 2015 Parapan American Games this summer and serve as selection trials for Parapan Am Games and the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships.
“I’m beyond thrilled about the world record in the 400 free,” Long said.



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TORONTO — Seventeen-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long opened the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto today by breaking a world record in the 400-meter free (S8) women’s race. Long outswam her previous mark set at the London 2012 Games by more than a second with an unofficial time of 4:40.44.
Long also swam in the 100 butterfly preliminary race at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, finishing with a time of 1:11.15. Can Ams take place at the same venue as the 2015 Parapan American Games this summer and serve as selection trials for Parapan Am Games and the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships.
“I’m beyond thrilled about the world record in the 400 free,” Long said.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:25:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Warrior Games moves to Quantico, leaves Colorado Springs]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/warrior-games-moves-to-quantico-leaves-colorado-springs/article/1548086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warrior-games-moves-to-quantico-leaves-colorado-springs/article/1548086?custom_click=rss

The Warrior Games will be held in northern Virginia this summer, instead of Colorado Springs.

The Pentagon announced Monday that it will host the Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015 at Marine Corps Base Quantico from June 19-28. 

In previous years, the annual Olympic-style event was at the Olympic Training Center, Air Force Academy and other sites in Colorado Springs and run by the U.S. Olympic Committee. With the DOD in charge, a rotation of sites around the nation is expected, and may include Colorado Springs.

About 200 athletes are expected to compete, representing teams from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command.



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The Warrior Games will be held in northern Virginia this summer, instead of Colorado Springs.

The Pentagon announced Monday that it will host the Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015 at Marine Corps Base Quantico from June 19-28. 

In previous years, the annual Olympic-style event was at the Olympic Training Center, Air Force Academy and other sites in Colorado Springs and run by the U.S. Olympic Committee. With the DOD in charge, a rotation of sites around the nation is expected, and may include Colorado Springs.

About 200 athletes are expected to compete, representing teams from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:37:03 -0600
<![CDATA[YCA program names 17 high school finalists]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/yca-program-names-17-high-school-finalists/article/1547874?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yca-program-names-17-high-school-finalists/article/1547874?custom_click=rss

The 17 area high school finalists to be a Young Champion Ambassador to Ancient Olympia, Greece were announced earlier this week.

The program is part of Colorado Springs’s sister-city relationship with the birthplace of the Olympics. The winner will travel to Ancient Olympia three months before each Summer and Winter Games to take part in the lighting ceremony and be one of the first torch bearers in the worldwide relay leading up to each Olympics. The first ceremony involving a Colorado Springs teen-ager will be in May 2016.

The finalists are: Nicholas Baldwin, junior, St.



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The 17 area high school finalists to be a Young Champion Ambassador to Ancient Olympia, Greece were announced earlier this week.

The program is part of Colorado Springs’s sister-city relationship with the birthplace of the Olympics. The winner will travel to Ancient Olympia three months before each Summer and Winter Games to take part in the lighting ceremony and be one of the first torch bearers in the worldwide relay leading up to each Olympics. The first ceremony involving a Colorado Springs teen-ager will be in May 2016.

The finalists are: Nicholas Baldwin, junior, St.

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:07:55 -0600
<![CDATA[USOC replaces three board members]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/usoc-replaces-three-board-members/article/1547858?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-replaces-three-board-members/article/1547858?custom_click=rss The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors approved three new members during its meeting in Washington, D.C. Joining the board in place of outgoing members are Daniel Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP; Steve Mesler, three-time Olympian and president/CEO of Classroom Champions; and Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at Duke University. 
“I’m confident the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family will benefit from their leadership, experience and diverse skill sets, and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said.
The new directors replace outgoing board members Bob Bowlsby, John Hendricks and Mary McCagg, who completed their elected terms



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The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors approved three new members during its meeting in Washington, D.C. Joining the board in place of outgoing members are Daniel Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP; Steve Mesler, three-time Olympian and president/CEO of Classroom Champions; and Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at Duke University. 
“I’m confident the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family will benefit from their leadership, experience and diverse skill sets, and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said.
The new directors replace outgoing board members Bob Bowlsby, John Hendricks and Mary McCagg, who completed their elected terms

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:21:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Mixed martial arts good fit for Olympic wrestling champ Henry Cejudo]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/mixed-martial-arts-good-fit-for-olympic-wrestling-champ-henry-cejudo/article/1547753?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mixed-martial-arts-good-fit-for-olympic-wrestling-champ-henry-cejudo/article/1547753?custom_click=rss

Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has found a new home in mixed martial arts.

It fits him as well as any wrestling singlet ever did.

"I enjoy the gladiator mentality," the Coronado High School graduate said. "My mind is wired that way. This may sound arrogant or cocky but I am a good enough athlete to do well in any sport, except basketball (laughs). I have the mentality to fight and conquer."

It has shown so far with a 7-0 record in MMA, including winning his December 2014 debut at bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The youngest American (age 21) to win Olympic wrestling gold (2008) faces his toughest foe at UFC 185 this Saturday. He takes on former flyweight title contender Chris Cariaso (17-6

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It fits him as well as any wrestling singlet ever did.

"I enjoy the gladiator mentality," the Coronado High School graduate said. "My mind is wired that way. This may sound arrogant or cocky but I am a good enough athlete to do well in any sport, except basketball (laughs). I have the mentality to fight and conquer."

It has shown so far with a 7-0 record in MMA, including winning his December 2014 debut at bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The youngest American (age 21) to win Olympic wrestling gold (2008) faces his toughest foe at UFC 185 this Saturday. He takes on former flyweight title contender Chris Cariaso (17-6]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:20:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Japanese 18-yr-old Kadono takes Burton US Open]]> http://gazette.com/japanese-18-yr-old-kadono-takes-burton-us-open/article/feed/211524?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japanese-18-yr-old-kadono-takes-burton-us-open/article/feed/211524?custom_click=rss VAIL, Colo. (AP) — File away this name: Yuki Kadono.

His trick — make that tricks — will probably be make an impression over the next few years, too.

The 18-year-old Japanese snowboarder won the Burton U.S. Open slopestyle contest Friday with back-to-back triple-cork, 1620-degree jumps that are, all of the sudden, the new gold standard in the sport.

With the next Olympics three years away, Kadono is setting the trend in slopestyle, which was added to the program for last year's Games in Sochi. He also used a 1620-degree triple cork to win Shaun White's Air and Style event at the Rose Bowl two weeks ago. He landed it twice on the same run Friday on a sparkling day in Vail.

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His trick — make that tricks — will probably be make an impression over the next few years, too.

The 18-year-old Japanese snowboarder won the Burton U.S. Open slopestyle contest Friday with back-to-back triple-cork, 1620-degree jumps that are, all of the sudden, the new gold standard in the sport.

With the next Olympics three years away, Kadono is setting the trend in slopestyle, which was added to the program for last year's Games in Sochi. He also used a 1620-degree triple cork to win Shaun White's Air and Style event at the Rose Bowl two weeks ago. He landed it twice on the same run Friday on a sparkling day in Vail.]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:30:53 -0700