Goto-Reiter named to U.S. Team

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— When snowboarder Justin Goto-Reiter was named to the U.S. Snowboard Team earlier this month, the 22-year-old Steamboat Springs athlete knew he had just taken a big step.

But in terms of his ultimate goal, it was just another part of the journey.

"I've got a four-year plan leading up to the next Olympics, " Goto-Reiter said Monday. "This was a big deal for me, but it's just one part of that plan."

Being named to the team means Goto-Reiter is now able to step up his training efforts with some of the best riders in the world. He plans to stay with the Winter Sports Club next season and working with coach Thedo Remmelink, but expects to be exposed to a wider range of training in the future.

"The Winter Sports Club's program is one of the best in the nation," Goto-Reiter said.

On Monday, the snowboarder left for a five-day training camp at Copper Mountain. There, he will compete and train with other members of the U.S. Team. It will be his first camp as an official member of the squad.

The resort is closed to the public, but is allowing the U.S. Snowboarding team to train on its slopes. Goto-Reiter said the camp will include on-snow and dryland training.

He earned a spot on the development team at the end of last winter after strong finishes at the U.S. Nationals in Aspen, including a fifth in the slalom and sixth in the giant slalom.

He is hoping to carry the momentum into this season and has set his sights on moving up the U.S. Ski Team ladder -- the next big step in his plan to compete it to Torino, Italy, 975 days from now.

Goto-Reiter becomes the third Steamboat rider to join the American team. Alpine rider Michelle Gorgone, and freestyle specialist Tori Carrigan Koski are also currently members of the U.S. Snowboarding Team.


--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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