Weston resident named to US Snowboard Rookie Team

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Sumner Orr. Photo provided

WESTON, Vermont – Sumner Orr, 16, of Weston, Vermont, has been nominated for the US Snowboard Halfpipe Rookie Team, after completing another successful season on the snow. The US Ski & Snowboard announced on May 13 the nominations for the halfpipe, slope style, big air and snowboard-cross disciplines of the US Snowboard Team for the 2022-2023 season. Nominations include active athletes who have qualified based on the selection criteria published in the previous season.

Sumner is one of four American athletes named to the rookie team. The appointment means he will spend, at a minimum, the next two years training and competing with the US Team Snowboard Halfpipe around the world. He began training with the team in May at Mammoth Mountain. He will then travel to Mt. Hood in July and Saas Fe, Switzerland for most of October before starting the competitive season.

The rookie team is coached by former Olympian and silver medalist Danny Kass and head coach JJ Thomas, who was an Olympic bronze medalist and coach of gold medalist Shaun White.

Sumner will also continue to train at Okemo Mountain School, where he will be in high school this fall. The snowboard program at Okemo Mountain School is one of the best programs in the country. Sumner is the third OMS rider to be named to the US Snowboard Team in the past three years. There he trains with head coach Luke Bonang, in addition to Eddie Johnson, Mike Lund and others.

Sumner has been snowboarding since he was seven years old and started competing at age eight, when he joined the Okemo Mountain Snowboard Team. In his very first year of competition, he placed in the top 20 at nationals and has been climbing the ranks ever since.

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