Industry News 2/8/2006

Denver-Based Palmersnowboards’ Andy Finch Named to US Olympic Team

Denver-Based Palmersnowboards’ Andy Finch Named to US Olympic Team

Six Palmer Athletes To Represent Their Countries In Italy

DENVER, CO…February 8, 2006 …  Palmer rider Andy Finch will join 15 other Americans, including Palmer teammate, Lindsey Jacobellis, in Italy next week. With Finch on the US team, it brings Palmer’s total number of athletes at the 2006 Olympics to six. In addition to Andy Finch and Lindsey Jacobellis, Erin Simmons (Canada), Marco Huser (Switzerland), Tommaso Tagliaferri (Italy) and Rafal Skarbek-Malczewski (Poland) will represent their respective countries and Denver-based Palmer Snowboards in Italy in the snowboard cross competition.
 
Despite the howling winds that forced the postponement of the Grand Prix finals in Mountain Creek, New Jersey to the following day, Finch finished 2nd, landing him one of the four coveted spots on the US Olympic Team’s halfpipe squad.
 
“Making the US team has been a dream come true,” says Andy of his opportunity to represent the USA. A Fresno, California native, Finch found his snowboarding roots in 1993 on the snowboard cross course but quickly took his skills to the pipe, earning himself the nickname “Pitbull” for his aggressive and relentless approach to snowboarding. He’ll bring that attitude and his pro model to men’s halfpipe competition in Torino, Italy next Sunday, February 12th.
 
Meanwhile, fellow Palmer pro rider Lindsey Jacobellis will be aiming for gold during the women’s snowboard cross competition which will take place Friday, February 17th in Bardonecchia. While Jacobellis is only 20 years old, she has an impressive list of results including three consecutive X Games first place finishes in snowboard cross and a number of podium finishes in World Cup and Grand Prix halfpipe competitions. And now her sights are set on Italy.

“I am so honored and excited to be competing for the US Olympic Team in snowboard cross at this year’s Winter Olympics in Torino,” says Lindsey. “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to go to the Olympics in any sport, and it is great that I will be going to compete in the Olympics’ newest event.”
 
Joining Jacobellis on the snowboard cross course is Palmer teammate, Erin Simmons, who will represent Canada in Torino. On the men’s side, Macro Huser from Switzerland, Tommaso Tagliaferri from Italy and Polish rider Rafal Skarbek-Malczewski will battle it out in the men’s snowboard cross competition on Thursday, February 16th.
 
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