Over 1,600 athletes battled more than six inches of fresh powder to compete in the first day of USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain, CO. Snowboarders ranging form six years old to well past their sixties came together to compete in slopestyle, halfpipe, boardercross, giant slalom and slalom.
Fresh snow presents a challenge for each discipline, but particularly in the halfpipe. 15 year-old Kelsey Coghlan from the Inner Mountain Series in Park City, UT took a real competitior's outlook on the conditions and took home the gold in the Youth Women category. "I got used to it at our last contest. I learned not to dislike the pipe because of weather and to adapt to the conditions. My coach did the best wax job and it allowed me to keep speed after my spins." Joining Coghlan on the podium was Noelle Edwards of Stamford, CT and Sophie Meade of New York, NY.
Some athletes took the opportunity to sample what Copper has to offer off the course. The Colorado powder didn't disappoint and riders enjoyed face shots in between competition runs.
Stay tuned for more highlights and photos from the 2011 USASA National Championships.