– Steve Fisher, JJ Thomas and Zack Black among the Breck Team Riders vying for spots on the US Olympic Snowboard Team

-Catch Breckenridge Team Riders in competition at their home mountain during the Winter Dew Tour, Dec. 17-20.

FW: Breck Team AnnouncementBRECKENRIDGE, COLO – September 8, 2009 – Breckenridge Ski Resort is pleased to introduce the 2009-2010 Breckenridge Freeride Team. Breckenridge's Freeride Team is comprised of the industry's most talented snowboarders and skiers who live in Summit County, many whom are world-renowned in their field. This year, three Breckenridge Team Members are eligible to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team: Steve Fisher, JJ Thomas, and Zack Black.  To see these athletes up close and in competition visit to Breckenridge for the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour, December 17-20.
Steve Fisher:
A long time Breckenridge local, Fisher is a two-time X Games Superpipe Champion, bringing home gold in 2004 and 2007, where he placed above Shaun White.  Add four World Cup Superpipe Championships from 2004-2007, three Grand Prix Superpipe Championships and that alone makes his resume is quite impressive. This past season, Steve received a number of podium finishes in the Dew Tour, Grand Prix and World Cup, coming in first in the overall Grand Prix standings, and second in the overall Dew Tour standings.  Steve will be competing for a spot on the US Olympic Team this winter, and fans can follow Steve at twitter.com/StevenHFisher or become his fan on Facebook.
JJ Thomas: Thomas took home the bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, is an X Games gold medalist, took first place in the 2002 Grand Prix Halfpipe event in Breckenridge, and first in the 2005 Icer Air competition. This past season, he placed in the top 5 in both the Grand Prix and the Dew Tour. Thomas can be seen in Aesthetica by Standard Films and Ride Rat by Ride Snowboards. JJ is also pursuing a musical career alongside his snowboard career with the launch of his group MileHi www.milehisound.com . JJ is eligible to compete for a spot on the US Olympic Team. Follow his journey to Vancouver at twitter.com/JJthomas09, facebook.com/JarretJohnThomas or myspace.com/JJthomas303

Chanelle Sladics: A triple threat in snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding, Sladics won the bronze medal in the 2007 X Games Slopestyle competition. This past year brought her multiple podium finishes, including first place in the Asian Open, and third place in the US Open and Mount Snow Dew Tour. She is a regular to the magazines and television screen and can be seen in the 2008 Films Uniquely by Oakley and the 2008 Runway Films video, See What I See. Follow Chanelle at twitter.com/Chanellesladics facebook.com/chanellesladics , myspace.com/Chanellesladics or become her fan on Facebook.
Mike Casanova: A master of the rails, Casanova has placed first in numerous competitions including the 2008 Union Square Street Session, the 2008 F2 Rail Jam in Germany, the 2006 Vans Cup Rail Event, and many more. He placed second in the 2009 WCI Rail Jam and won the "best trick" at the Vail Session in 2008 and the Josh Malay Award in 2005. Mike can be seen in the upcoming Pirate Productions Movie.

Ryan Thompson: Thompson prefers to show his skills through films and magazines rather than to the judges.  He was featured on the cover of Transworld Snowboarding Buyer's Guide in 2007. His film credits include three years of Mack Dawg Films: People, We're People Too, and Down with People, as well as the 2008 Transworld Productions Film, These Days. He also placed third in the 2006 Nippon Open Rail Jam.
Josh Sherman: Sherman's 2008-2009 season was highlighted by a first place finish at the TTR Garden of Roses Slopestyle and two more top ten finishes in the 4 Star TTR series. He also placed sixth in the Grand Prix Slopestyle this year. He was on the cover of the 2006 Transworld Snowboarding Buyer's Guide and was featured in last year's Pirates film, Overseas. Sherman has spent the last few months creating a series of humorous viral videos on Grind TV entitled Josh Sherman: A Day in the Life.
Leslie Glenn: A regular to the competition circuit, Glenn's results this past season included seventh place at the Grand Prix Halfpipe and 11th Place in the X Games Halfpipe. Past results include third place in the 2008 Honda Session, first in the 2008 Aspen Open Superpipe, second in the 2006 & 2007 Aspen Open Superpipe, fifth in the Grand Prix Superpipe, and seventh in the 2006 World Superpipe Championships.  Glenn has been on numerous television shows, and featured in many industry publications. Become Leslie's friend on facebook at facebook.com/leslie.glenn1
Zack Black: One of the youngest members of the Breck snowboard team, Zack has impressed the judges in recent years. This past season, he scored multiple top ten finishes in the Grand Prix and World Cup and placed in the top five in the Junior Worlds and the Revolution Tour. Other results include a fifth place finish in the Tamarack Grand Prix Superpipe in 2008, sixth place in the 2008 FIS Junior Worlds in Italy, and the 2008 Revolution Tour Superpipe overall champion. Zack spends his free time riding with his brother Jake who is also on the team. Zack is eligible to compete for a spot on the US Olympic Team. Follow Zack at www.shredthestation.com or facebook.com/zackcblack
Jake Black: A rising star on the snowboard circuit, Jake broke into the snowboarding scene with a fifth place finish in the Tamarack Grand Prix Superpipe in 2007, top ten finishes in the 2008 Tamarack Grand Prix Superpipe and Killington Slopestyle Competitions, and won the Burton Am Series in Pipe in 2008.  He spent this past season competing in the Dew Tour and the Grand Prix and finished first in pipe in the Burton Am Series again this year. Jake was born and raised in Breckenridge and spends his free time riding with his brother Zack, who is also on the team. Follow Jake at www.shredthestation.com

Madison Ellsworth: Ellsworth won the Grand Prix Progression Session at Copper last season, competed in all three stops of the Dew Tour and the Canadian Shakedown. He can be seen in last year's film, Bad Ideas by Newsroom Cinema and this year's Role Model Productions film, as well as in the pages of Snowboarder Magazine.

Brett Esser: Moving up the ranks from the JV Team this year, Esser is no newbie to competition. At just 17 years old, Brett has produced a number of impressive finishes in both halfpipe and slopestyle. 2009 results include first place in Slopestyle Nationals and the Revolution Tour, and fifth place in the Killington Grand Prix Slopestyle . His 2008 season included a sixth place finish in the Grand Prix Slopestyle, ninth in the Grand Prix Halfpipe, and third place in Nationals. He has also been featured in major industry publications. Follow Brett at www.shredthestation.com
NEW! Eric Willett: Elevating in the snowboard scene with an exceptional 2008-2009 year, Willett placed first in the Dew Tour Rail Jam in Breckenridge, fifth at the Dew Tour Slopestyle in Mount Snow and eighth overall for the tour. Known for his smooth, technical style, Willett recently took home bronze in the New Zealand Open Slopestyle this August.

Breckenridge JV Freeride Team

The JV team represents Breckenridge's hottest youth in skiing and snowboarding, who are 16 and under. JV team members are given the opportunity to participate in photo shoots and competitions alongside the Pro team, giving them a taste of sponsorship. With the support of Breckenridge and the older team riders, the JV team creates a solid foundation to help young athletes build their careers on and off the snow.

Please visit breck1080.com for more information on the Breckenridge Freeride Team and Breckenridge's five terrain parks and two halfpipes.