At 14 years old, Gabe Ferguson is competitive with his fellow riders, who are all easily three to eight years older than him.
Thursday marked the end of successful qualifiers for the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, with eight Americans grabbing spots for the Sprint snowboard halfpipe finals on Sunday.
The first U.S. Revolution Tour of the season took place this week at Copper Mountain, CO with Rookie Team riders Gabe Ferguson, Maddie Mastro and Jake Pates taking top honors.
Taylor Gold, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, topped a hard-charging crew of young riders Saturday to claim his first victory at the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe final Saturday.
Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson, seen here at the slopestyle snowboarding debut at Rosa Khutor, landed another major slopestyle victory Friday at the Burton U.S. Open.
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At just 14 years old, Gabe Ferguson is competitive with his fellow riders, who are all easily three to eight years older than him. He competes in both slopestyle and halfpipe and succeeds at both. With consistent top-five finishes on the Burton AM Tour, as well as breaking into finals at the Burton Canadian in 2012, this rising star will surely be one to watch out for. Ferguson’s impressive halfpipe runs feature tricks some of his older peers lay down in their runs: a front 720, cab 720 and a 1080. He’ll likely be on their heels in the very near future.
Once again, Ferguson dominated during the U.S. Revolution Tour, taking second in halfpipe and fourth in slopestyle. He also placed 12th at the U.S. Revolution Tour/U.S. Open qualifiers, which got him an invite to the Burton US Open at Vail.
Ferguson started snowboarding in 2002 when was four years old. He learned at Mt. Bachelor with his dad, who is still his coach. He tried skiing for a year before he switched over to snowboarding for good. Of his favorite snowboarding memory so far, he says, “I made it to the finals in the Canadian Open in Calgary, Canada when I was 12. And it was under the lights and my parents got to watch it at home on TV.”
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