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Ståle Sandbech

Photograph By Words/Photos: Terry Ratzlaff

Though the Grand Prix in Copper was one of five contests being used to pick the U.S. Olympic snowboard team, its World Cup status drew competitors from all over the world. Stle Sandbech didn't need to compete, as he's already on the Norwegian team, but he showed up and won the slope contest anyway.

 

Here he is warming up in the Breckenridge park early season. Sandbech wasn't invited to shred rails with the local Denver boys, but maybe he should have been, because he's equally as good at street snowboarding as he is at riding park.