Congratulations to senior Jaxson Moon, who is leaving for Switzerland this weekend to compete in the Snowboarding Junior World Championships! Jaxson is one of only four athletes under the age of 18 from the entire United States to qualify for this competition.
Jaxson started snowboarding in fifth grade. During his second year snowboarding, he joined G Team, the Midwest’s premier snowboarding and freeski team. G Team provides the opportunity for motivated riders to train under the direction of experienced and professional coaches. It was a coach at G Team who suggested Jaxson train to snowboard competitively. After a few years competing locally, Jaxson began to compete at state and national competitions.
To be one of the top four U.S. snowboarders and qualify for Worlds, Jaxson competed in the U.S. Revolution Tour qualifying events in Calgary, Aspen and Mammoth. The average scores from these three races are taken into consideration, and the top four snowboarders are invited to the Junior World Championships. At the Nor-Am Cup in late January, Jaxson was the first-place winner in the Slopestyle event.
"My plan is to keep working and keep striving to be the best at anything I do," said Jaxson. "In five to ten years, I see myself as a professional athlete traveling around the globe and competing in the highest levels of competition."
There are multiple snowboarding events at the Junior World Championships. Jaxson will be competing in two of them: Slopestyle (jumps and rail features) and Big Air (one big jump). On Wednesday, March 9, Jaxson will compete in the Big Air Qualifiers and, if he moves on, the finals on March 10. Then, the Slopestyle Qualifiers will take place on Friday, March 12, with finals on March 13.
Want to cheer on Jaxson from home? You can watch live on the Leysin ski resorts website. Click the button on the right side of the URL bar and select “English” to allow Google to translate the page.