The Medal Stand: Jenson to compete Friday at Burton U.S. Open
Weather wreaked havoc on the next stop of a busy late winter schedule for Rigby snowboarder Jessika Jenson.
The 24 year-old 2014 U.S. Olympian, who competed in the 2018 U.S. Olympic test event for slopestyle two weeks ago in South Korea, was slated to compete in the women’s slopestyle semifinals of the annual Burton U.S. Open on Wednesday in Vail, Colo. High winds rolled in, however, canceling both the women’s and men’s semifinals and prompting a schedule change. Per the Burton Snowboards Twitter account, all 32 riders will compete in back-to-back finals on Friday starting with the women’s event at 9:30 a.m. As of Wednesday evening, men’s and women’s halfpipe snowboarding semifinals are still on for this morning.
After today, the Medal Stand column will be on hiatus until later this month.
Coming up locally
Road racing is returning after a short hiatus since New Year’s Eve. Two races take place in Pocatello on March 12, the third annual Bengal Bunny Run fundraiser 5k race for Idaho State’s Casa and Beta Alpha Psi at the ISU quad and the fifth annual Shamrock Shuffle 10k/5k at Ross Park. The Bengal Bunny run is Easter-themed with Easter eggs distributed throughout the race containing candy or raffle tickets. Proceeds from the Shamrock Shuffle benefit Pocatello Free Clinic.
Team USA Updates
Support for the Los Angeles 2024 Summer Olympics bid has grown. Per the bid’s official website, 88 percent of Los Angeles residents reported being in favor of the bid in a poll completed by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. The poll was done by phone with 2,425 adults in January and February. Rome, Budapest and Paris are also bidding to host the 2024 Games.
The U.S. swept the podium of the women’s superpipe final at X Games Oslo last Friday, with teenager Chloe Kim leading the way with a high score of 98. Kim, 15, was coming off her second consecutive X Games Aspen gold in January. Kelly Clark took silver and Arielle Gold took bronze. Elsewhere in Oslo, Gus Kenworthy snagged bronze in men’s ski big air finals with a 91.66 in his first run and bronze in men’s ski superpipe a day later with a third run score of 90.33 as part of a 1-2-3 U.S. podium sweep. Torin Yater-Wallace won with a best score of 95 and Alex Ferreira took silver with a 93.33. Maddie Bowman took silver in women’s ski superpipe finals with a best score of 85.33.