Team Rider Keith Gabel Nominated to the U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ― The United States Olympic Committee today announced that U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Champions Evan Strong (Nevada City, Calif.) and Heidi Jo Duce (Ouray, Colo.) and nine other athletes are nominated for the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team, which is the first-ever national team in the sport.

In May 2012, the International Paralympic Committee announced that snowboard cross will be included in the alpine skiing program at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7-16, in Russia. The Paralympic competition is open to men and women with lower limb impairments.

“As we look toward the start of the Paralympic Winter Games in 10 months, the nomination of these athletes to the inaugural U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team marks a significant step for the program and the sport,” said Kevin Jardine, USOC high performance director for Paralympic alpine skiing and snowboarding. “A year ago, there was very little opportunity for Paralympic snowboarders, and now there is chance for a Paralympic gold medal. Our national team athletes are among the world’s best and are up to the challenge of medaling in Sochi.”

Joining Strong and Duce are nominees Christina Albert (Denver, Colo.), Tyler Burdick (Salt Lake City, Utah), Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah), Lucas Grossi (Billings, Mont.), Amy Purdy (Las Vegas, Nev.), Nicole Roundy (Bountiful, Utah) and Mike Shea (Castaic, Calif.), all who have lower limb impairments, and Joseph Chandler (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Marc Dervaes (West Chester, Pa.), who have upper limb impairments.

“There are no words to describe what it feels like to be nominated for the first-ever U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team,” said Duce, who won two bronze medals on the 2012-13 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Snowboard World Cup circuit before taking the inaugural national crown. “I am stoked to be a part of history with so many great athletes. While we will always be known as trailblazers, I hope that we are remembered not just for being a part of the national team but for inspiring other amputees to get involved in snowboarding.”

Snowbasin to dedicate Gondola Car 2010 Olympic Champion aerial skier Lydia Lassila

January 19th, 2012


Lassila to be honored in Snowbasin Utah


2010 Olympic Champion aerial skier, Lydia Lassila will have a gondola cabin dedicated to her on Sunday 29th January, at the Snowbasin resort in Utah.


Snowbasin is the North American home base of the Australian Aerial Skiing program – “the Flying Kangaroos” and a long term supporter of Lassila and her team mates on the National Team.


Lassila who gave birth to her first child in May, 2011 is on track to return to international competition in late 2012, in the quest to defend her Olympic Championship. Lassila will be joining other members of the Flying Kangaroos in Utah, for a ski camp at the end of January.


Lassila commented from her home in Melbourne Australia: “I am so thrilled that Snowbasin have chosen to recognize me. I look forward to being at Snowbasin at the end of the month, meeting all of our many friends in the community, and just cannot wait to put my skis on and head out skiing.“


Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Chairman, Geoffrey J Henke AO, praised the resort upon learning of the recognition of Lassila:


”Snowbasin has been just so important for our athletes, it really is the Crown Jewel of ski resorts, and our team has been extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of training and skiing at a World Class facility.


We are appreciative that Lydia will be the second of our athletes to be honored with a gondola car dedication, joining 2002 Olympic Champion Alisa Camplin. As an organization we are very proud to have Mrs. Carol Holding as the only honorary member of the Flying Kangaroos, and we remain thankful to Carol and her husband Earl for their ongoing support of our young athletes”


Contact for more information:



Steve Rogers PhD – Manager North American Operations  +1801 698 3819

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