The Heavenly High Roller Team is on a hot streak this season, bagging podiums, taking names.
Fresh off her first place win in the 2012 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, Joanna “PNut” Dzierzawski hopped on another airplane this morning to head to the Burton U.S. Open in Stratton, VT. As the trophies fill her shelves this season, PNut gets these few quiet hours to reflect on her recent accoplishment. “Iâ€™m super excited about the win,” she says. “Itâ€™s been a really good season so far. Iâ€™ve been working hard to put together some good runs.” All week Joanna raved about the set up for the Grand Prix. “The course was in excellent shape and it was a great day.â€
After spending the majority of last season recovering from an unusual collar bone injury, Joanna has made a strong comeback in 2011/12. She has been competing and filming almost non-stop and ascending podiums left and right. Prior to her win in the Grand Prix, she placed 2nd in the finals of the Nike Chosen Tour in Mammoth, after taking first at the Heavenly stop of the tour. The wins ranked her 5th for the overall tour. In the Dew Tour she fared even better and finished 4rd overall for slopestyle against a highly competitive lineup. One of the major highlights of her season, so far, has been filming with her local crew, â€œTahoe Chosenâ€, to compete in the Nike Chosen video contest.
Joanna has a full schedule ahead of her with invites to the Billabong â€œFlaunt itâ€ finals, the Volcom PB&RJ finals, the Womanâ€™s SuperPark and plans to compete in the Roxy Chicken Jam.
Kyle Smaine made a last-minute decision to head back to Tahoe for the Squaw stop of the Rhalve’s Banzai Tour today.Â The Banzai is Kyle’s event. Less than two weeks ago, he finished first in the Alpine Meadows stop and last year placed second. But, the Bonzai Tour isn’t the only competition Smaine hasÂ in the bag this season. In fact, he’s bagged 4 podiums in 4 seperate disciplines in the last 2 weeks.
In addition to winning the Alpine leg of the Rhalves Bonzai Tour Kyle placed first for halfpipe in the North Face Open at Northstar. He is now ranked 25th in the world for halfpipe, based on the AFP world ranking system. He followed up the NFO win with a first place podium in the Stateline Showdown Amateur Slopestyle Competition here at Heavenly. Most recently, he bagged 3rd place in the War of Rails, rightÂ behind Tom Wallisch and Spencer Millbocker.
There are still a couple of months left in the season, so there’s no telling what else these two incredible athletes have up their sleeves. Good luck to you both, we’ll be keeping tabs!