Nine US Olympic snowboarders have been nominated for the inaugural Action Sports Awards presented by FUEL TV, U.S. Snowboarding announced yesterday. Up for nomination are silver medalists Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, VT)) and Danny Kass (Mammoth, CA), as well as gold medalists Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) and Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA).
White, the 2006 Olympic, Grand Prix, X Games and US Open halfpipe champion is leading the cast with nominations in the categories of ‚’Action Sports Performance of the Year’, ‚’Overall Rider of the Year’ (mix of skate, snow, BMX, surf, FMX and wake) and ‚’Rider of the Year’ for snowboarding.
However Teter, who received a Rider of the Year nod for snowboarding, is also in the hunt for Action Sports Performance of the Year. Both Teter and White landed in the performance category for their gold medal winning halfpipe runs at the 2006 Olympic Games.
Up for ’Rookie of the Year’ are riders Elena Hight (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and Danny Davis (Highland, MI). The pair won the TransWorld Snowboarding Riders Poll Awards for Rookie of the Year in early September and Hight was also included in the ’New Pollution’ category, recognizing up-and-coming riders.
The deepest talent pool is the Rider of the Year category for snowboarding with Olympians Mason Aguirre (Mammoth Lakes, CA), Andy Finch (Fresno, CA), and silver medalist Danny Kass (Mammoth Lakes, CA) joining White for the nominations.
On the women's side, Olympic silver medalists Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) and Linsdey Jacobellis (Stratton, VT) join Teter. Bleiler narrowly missed the Olympic Team in 2002, but stormed back to win the X-Games and US Open in '03 and '05; she then owned the '06 Grand Prix tour with four wins in five events. Jacobellis, the most dominant woman in snowboardcross has 12 World Cup podiums to her credit, including three in halfpipe. She is also a three-time X Games champion and the 2005 SBX world champion.
Fans will vote for their favourites online at www.fuel.tv and a selection will be made using these votes along with the input from a panel of expert judges. The results will be announced during ceremonies on November 30th in Los Angeles before being broadcast on FOX in the US on December 10th.