BEND, ORE. > SNOWBOARDING
Ben, a junior at Mountain View High and a member of the U.S. Snowboarding rookie team, won gold in the halfpipe for Team USA and silver in the slopestyle at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. A three-time national champion, he nailed an inverted flip called a Double Crippler in his 260-point winning run, and his 54-point run for the silver included a front 1080 spin.
EUCLID, OHIO > TRACK AND FIELD
Beard, a recent graduate of Texas A&M, won the Bowerman Award for the NCAA's top female athlete of 2011. A 16-time All-America, she became the third female in D-I history to sweep the indoor and outdoor 400-meter titles last spring, while anchoring 4 × 400-relay victories at both meets. Her indoor win (50.79) was the world's best in 2011. Beard is a two-time 4 × 400 gold-medal winner at worlds.
JACKSON, MICH. > BOWLING
Korey, a righthanded fifth-grader at Townsend Elementary, bowled an 800 series (265, 257 and 278) on Jan. 21 in singles league match play at AMF Summit Lanes, making him (at 10 years, 7 months and 23 days old) the youngest U.S. bowler to reach the 800 mark, pending certification from the U.S. Bowling Congress. Korey rolled his first 600 series in October and his first 700 series in November.
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