Monster Energy’s Max Parrot Wins Snowboard Slopestyle at Dew Tour

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (PRWEB) December 17, 2017

Monster Energy’s Max Parrot wins his first Dew Tour title scoring a 97.00 on his second run. Teammate Jamie Anderson takes second and secures spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Parrot(CAN) has been competing at the Dew Tour for many years and is no stranger to the podium, but winning his first Dew Tour title was significant even though he already pre-qualified to represent the Canadian Olympic Team.

“I’ve been competing at the Dew Tour for seven years, and while I’ve got second and third, getting that first place spot has always been on my checklist,” said Parrot.

After scrubbing his first run washing out on the last jump, as per usual the mild mannered Canadian made no waves as he casually dropped in to the highly technical course and stomped his second run. Firing things off with a gap to 270 boardslide and a backside 360 to 270 off on the upper rails. Now speeding toward the first jump backwards he set up for a switch backside double cork 900 before spinning three and a half times for a cleanly stomped backside double cork 1260. The fun had only just begun though as he checked his speed for a quick tailslide to 270 out on the middle rail. Now riding switch he floated “mellow” cab 900 double cork before sending the judges minds whirling as he unloaded a fontside triple cork 1440 mute.

With the stakes raised, not only was the prestigious Dew Tour title on the line this year, but the event also doubled as an Olympic qualifier for U.S. athletes. For Anderson, who took gold in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics in the inaugural Slopestyle event, the competition was not only a chance to further her legacy as one of the best women slopestyle riders of all-time, but it was also a bid to secure a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic team, which she successfully did.

Though snow conditions were much improved thanks to a quick snowstorm earlier in the week, riders had to contend with flat light as the event began under a blanket of grey skies. Because of that, a total of eight women and twelve men then set out to battle not only their nerves and fellow competitors, but also the very contours that define the inventive course. With two upper rail sections followed by two jumps, riders then had to contend with a middle rail feature before sending it home with two final kickers at the bottom of the course.

First up were the women and as imagined many had a difficult time with the light either over or under-shooting the jumps due to lack of depth perception. For Anderson though, it was apparently just another day at the office as on her first run she put down a 93.33, a score that held up for two more runs en route to securing second place.

Beginning with a gap to front board and a boardslide to 270 off, Anderson then charged towards the first jump throwing down a lazy style backside 540. She followed this with an equally stylish cab 540 mute grab. Though conditions were tough, it appeared as though she could have been riding with her eyes closed considering her effortless demeanor.

After a mellow 50/50 with a backside 180 out on the middle rail, she then stomped a switch backside 180 and a frontside 720 indy grab on the last two jumps, but unfortunately Spencer O’Brien beat her score with a 95.00.

“The flat light made it extremely challenging to get through the course today,” she said before humbling confessing, “I’m just grateful to have put a run down.”

With Anderson and Parrot on top of their game both are locked in to represent the U.S. and Canada for their respective Olympic teams. That said, as two of the most decorated and progressive competitive snowboarders in the world, could this be a preview of what’s to come in PyeongChang, South Korea in February?

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JPR Group PR & Marketing Affiliates with Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (PRWEB) December 17, 2017

The JPR Group, a public relations and marketing communications firm located in Montclair, NJ, announces the addition of the Fordham University Graduate School of Education (GSE) to its client list. Fordham University Graduate School of Education is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in building practical, culturally aware skills for teachers, counselors, psychologists, school administrators, and other educational professionals and scholars who serve diverse populations.

"We are very pleased to be able to partner with Fordham's GSE and to promote their presence as a top-ranked graduate educational institution," explains Jeanine Genauer, Principal and Founder of The JPR Group. "Today's educational environment is fast-changing, and we believe in the importance of highlighting the kind of innovative, collaborative work being done at Fordham to train educators in how to address critical educational needs in K-12 schools in profound and lasting ways.”

Fordham University is the only Jesuit university in New York and focuses on Cura Personalis, a commitment to educating the whole person. In addition to having a distinguished faculty, top-caliber academic programs, and a global reputation, Fordham pays close attention to the spiritual well-being of every student and the importance of moving beyond the self to serve others.

About The JPR Group, LLC

The JPR Group is a woman-owned business offering strategic, responsive and personalized marketing and public relations solutions for today’s rapidly evolving media environment. Jeanine Genauer, Founder and Principal, has been recognized as a Leading Brand Builder by Leading Women Entrepreneurs and the firm is a recipient of New Jersey Monthly magazine’s Great Oak Award for charitable and nonprofit work.

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Technica expands its offering of Athermal Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG), now available in standard and mini size formats, with single-ended and double-ended device packaging


FBGs are reliable all-fiber optical components have been used for making accurate and reliable temperature and strain measurements for over two decades. However, when used as optical wavelength references or markers, FBGs need to be packaged into devices that ensure the absence of any strains on the FBG while also passively compensating for temperature fluctuations in the surrounding environment. Technica’s family of T95 Athermal FBGs has now been expanded to include smaller, compact size, mini packaged devices packaged in both single-ended and double-ended configurations. Optical wavelength referencing circuits are widely used in industry and in research and development laboratories. Often used together with other optical components, Athermal FBGs are an enabling technology for sub-picometer level absolute measurement systems.

The T95 is a Wavelength Reference consisting of a Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) encapsulated in a package that contains advanced materials effective at providing passive temperature compensation by matching the coefficient of temperature expansion (CTE) of the FBG’s single mode (SM) fiber. Typically, when changes of temperature occur and the fiber FBG expands, the center wavelength of the FBG shifts as well. In the case of the T95 Athermal Packaged FBG, the compensation material bonded to and surrounding the FBG fiber shrinks proportionally to the expansion of the FBG fiber to yield a passively temperature compensated FBG device. Our precision athermal packaging yields excellent wavelength stability over the customers’ temperature range of interest, typically -10 to +60 Degrees Celsius. Available in a wide range of optical specifications and exhibiting stable operation for highly accurate long-term use. Proprietary and licensed technologies are used to ensure that each sensor has a stable optical core and a matching material composition and outer diameter for device protection that is well fit for the environment in which the device will be used. Inquire with Technica about custom packaging options for integration into customer designs. 

“This new family of Mini Athermal FBGs has proven to perform well as part of new generation wavelength referencing systems embedded in our customers’ test and measurement instruments for use in Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Nuclear, and Civil Engineering applications. A good alternative to FBGs that need to be placed on a block and be heated or cooled to maintain wavelength stability, the expanding T95 family of passively compensated optical wavelength reference devices is the basis for a growing number of test and measurement instruments configurations to address emerging industry needs” stated Alice Yang, Director of Marketing at Technica. 

The T95 Athermal FBG has been in production for several years and continues to receive excellent customer feedback. Currently installed in various applications with practically no returns since its initial release. Now, the newly expanded family of Athermal FBGs is poised to find applications in an expanding range of designs.

Click here for the new T95 Athermal FBG datasheet to review detailed specifications and options.

Technica is a leading developer, manufacturer, and provider of premium quality Fiber Bragg Grating sensors and FBG array sensors in acrylate, polyimide, gold, steel, GFRP, and PEEK coatings. The company also proudly licenses and produces individual OEM custom packaged filters and sensors. Technica is headquartered in Atlanta, USA, with Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Centers in Singapore and Beijing, China.

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