Created: 25 November 2019

Big Mountain West rider and the newest member of the Donek Snowboards SBX team, Anna Miller, took a few minutes out of her busy fall schedule to chat with us about winning the 2019 USASA National Championships for the second time and to share some of her earliest USASA memories. 

What was your first USASA event and what was that experience like?
My first USASA event had to have been in Grand Targhee, Wyoming about 10 years ago. It was a boardercross event, and I had no idea what I was doing. But my coach at the time, Lane Clegg, told me to always ride on the small side of the stubby and he additionally informed me that, "if you're not first you're last". I remember the course having this big uphill section that I had to jump up every single run because I didn't have enough speed to make it up. It was very nerve wrecking for me. But from that event on, I never wanted to stop competing and traveling to such beautiful mountains, interacting with likeminded individuals, and pushing myself to the limits of my abilities. 

Anna in the early days of USASA.

Getting Sponsored by Donek - how did that come about? What’s it like to be able to work with them?
Last season I got the chance to demo some of the newly made Donek B1 snowboards on both a boardercross track and some groomers. I instantly fell in love. The stability through the turns and the dampness on the flat base- whilst still being powerful and explosive through start sections, was unlike any board I had been on before. I physically laughed at the joy I had riding these snowboards. I have already received multiple messages of welcome from the team itself, and my brief interactions with other Donek members discussing product sensations have been positive and progressive. I feel super grateful to work with such rad people. 

Podium proud at 2019 USASA Nationals 

Congrats on winning Nationals - What does it mean to you to win USASA Nationals? 
Thank you, I had a blast!! This was my second US nationals win, the first one being in 2014 for my age division at the time. Winning nationals this year was super cool for me. Every year I return to Copper, I am reminded of all the memories, excitement, and passion I had when I was young. So to win the event, really fulfills the side of me that knows I am in the sport for the right reasons. 

Race day at Copper was a little crazy. I was feeling good during practice, but in my first time trial run I took a pretty bad spill entering turn two that shook me up quite a bit. Luckily, I was able to put down a second run that qualified me into heats. During the intermission before heats, I had to really clear my head and remember that confident feeling I had felt during practice that morning. The battle was so much fun; I had to make passes every heat and get in tight with some rad girls. The outcome was nice, but overall the experience and interaction with old friends is what made the day most memorable. 

Future goals and plans? Where do you want your snowboarding to go?
I am vigorously striving to be a future Olympian. I have raced World Cup for the last two years, and I would like to be of the top 10 best female boardercross riders in the world. On top of that, I would love find ways to expand/ progress winter sports, push people to l live active, healthy live styles, and incorporate my passion for sustainability and ecological symbiosis all the while. 

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