Pacsun USASA riders, Faye Gulini and Mikaela Casey, started the 2008-09 season representing the US in their first ever Half Pipe World Cup in Saas Fee Switzerland.
Faye, 16 of Salt Lake City, and Mikalea, 18 of Minnesota, are both members of the snowboard program at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. Mikaela took 17th in the European Cup and 21st in the World cup. Faye took 11th in the European Cup, and followed that up with an unbelievable 9th in the World Cup. Gulini also saw success in the night time rail jam, winning the women's event and walking away with $300.
SSCV snowboard program director and head coach, Ben Boyd, commented "The girls really handled themselves well and stepped up. They rode well in the European Cup, both making the semi finals, and kept the progression going by putting on a solid display in the World Cup, under less than ideal conditions and preparation." Boyd further explains "Words cant explain what great results these were. We had a training day and the first day of competition cancelled due to 4 feet of snow. Our athletes only had 1 run, with the aim of being top 30 to earn quota spots for the US for the 2010 Olympics. It was pressure packed. The girls both landed solid runs, showed good tactics by backing it off a little bit, and walked away with their goals. They did the US proud!"
This is just the start of an exciting winter for these Pacsun USASA girls. Next up is the Burton Canadian Open in early December followed by the US Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.