Xbox Junior Jam Results from Killington Grand Prix

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KILLINGTON, VT (March 14) – Young shredders from across the map threw down their best freestyle for a panel of Olympic and World Championship judges Saturday night as the Xbox Junior Jam played out before the crowd following halfpipe at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix.

2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, 2006 silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler and 1999 halfpipe World Champion and U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Coach Ricky Bower were on hand to score the youngsters as they threw their best on a series of freestyle features.

“It’s really fun to be on this side of the contest. It’s a lot of work and it definitely gives you a lot of perspective,” said Clark who won the halfpipe competition and the overall Grand Prix title earlier in the day.

Taking the win for the men was 12 year old Jack Herald who rides for the Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers.

“I feel like this was a fun event. The rails were fun and good for learning, too,” Herald said. “It’s crazy to be judged by people like Gretchen and Kelly. I just wanted to do good in front of them.”

On the top of the women’s podium was Makayla Tierney, a 13 year old from the Stratton Mountain School, who is happy to be able to have an Xbox in her possession.

“It feels great to win tonight. It’s an honor to be judged by pro athletes and I’m really excited about this Xbox 360,” Tierney said. “I’m stoked to play the video games and I heard it plays music so I’m going to play some music on it too.”

When it was all said and done the judges were impressed by the future of the sport and said the prized were more than earned.

“I think there was a lot of good shredding tonight and winning an Xbox was well deserved,” Clark said.

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~ by hrocker on March 15, 2009.

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