Three from Southern VT invited to Burton junior event

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Local riders Sumner Orr, Tommy Okesson, and Connor Cavanagh are proudly representing Southern Vermont as they head to Vail, Colo. next week to participate in the legendary Burton U.S. Open Junior Jam. The Junior Jam is a halfpipe, invitation-only competition. This year, Burton selected 16 of the top boys and eight of the top girls riders from around the globe, ages 14 and under.

This is the first time in this era of the Junior Jam that three riders from Southern Vermont will be competing. The other riders are from the U.S., China, Japan, and New Zealand.

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Sumner Orr, from Weston, is a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Flood Brook School and Okemo Mountain School. After several years on skis, Sumner learned to snowboard at Bromley Mountain in the Jets program when he was seven. He started competing with the Okemo Mountain Snowboard team at the age of eight in the Southern Vermont Series (SVS), one of 31 regions in the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA). At the 2019 U.S. nationals, he earned a silver medal in boardercross, bronze in slalom, and fifth place in slopestyle, earning him fourth overall. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the country in Snowboard Breaker

boys, ages 12-13.

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Tommy Okesson, from Southbury, Conn., is a 12-year-old seventh grader at Rochambeau Middle School. He has been riding since the age of four and started competing with the Okemo Mountain Snowboard Team at the age of six in the SVS of USASA. Consistently a top rider in his age group, this will be Tommy's third time representing Okemo at the Burton Junior Jam. At the 2019 U.S. Nationals, Okesson earned Silver in halfpipe and Silver in slopestyle..

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Connor Cavanagh, from Winhall, is a 14-year-old freshman at Stratton Mountain School. He has been riding since the age of two and competing since the age of six in the SVS of USASA.Connor competed in the Burton Junior Jam at the age of six, when it was an open event. Connor is currently ranked No. 1 in the country in Snowboard youth boys, ages 14-15. He also is ranked No. 1 in the country in halfpipe for his age group.

All three of the boys are friends and each has an extreme passion and love for snowboarding.

The competition will take place on Tuesday, February 25th, at 12 pm EST and will be broadcast life on BurtonUSOpen.com.


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