U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix

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The Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix was created in 1996 by U.S. Snowboarding with snowboarding progression as a top priority. This annual competition series utilizes top resorts from across the United States to host world-class snowboarding competitions which draw the best male and female riders in the world. It was the first domestic competition series to offer equal prize money to male and female competitors and is now the official qualifying series for making the U.S. Olympic Team for halfpipe.

The Series[edit]

The Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix is considered the premier snowboard competition series in the United States, providing American riders a clear path to qualifying for the Olympics and progressing the sport.

It's tops on the list for riders and attracts the best of snowboarding from all over the country. Previous overall champions include Olympic gold medalists Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark, Shaun White and Ross Powers, as well as Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler.

With a $375,000 overall purse, it is one of the largest prizes for a snowboarding series. Over the span of the Grand Prix's lifetime, more than $4 million has been awarded to riders.

Every series stop is broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

The schedule for the 2013-14 season has not yet been announced but will include stops at Park City Mountain Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Northstar California and Copper Mountain (Colorado).

Past Overall Champions[edit]

Year Men's Champion Women's Champion
2002 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Wyatt Caldwell Kelly Clark
2003 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Steve Fisher Gretchen Bleiler
2004 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Andy Finch Hannah Teter
2005 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Ross Powers Lindsey Jacobellis
2006 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Shaun White Gretchen Bleiler
2007 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Tommy Czeschin Kelly Clark
2008 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Louie Vito Kelly Clark
2009 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Louie Vito & Steve Fisher Kelly Clark
2010 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Shaun White Kelly Clark
2011 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Louie Vito Kelly Clark
2012 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Louie Vito Kaitlyn Farrington
2013 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Luke Mitrani Arielle Gold

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