Friday May 22, 2015

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PipeWinner_WebToday was the final day of snowboarding at the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain, CO. This week has been full of smiles and sunshine and a little bit of bad weather, but in the true tradition of Nationals, it has been unforgettable. In our final day, we had some amazing showings in all the age categories.

Today at USASA Nationals,

The Menehune Boys (10-11), Senior Men (23-29) and Master Men (30-39) took on the Slopestyle course today. Though the sun was shining, the riders faced a course that stayed fast and firm throughout the day. The young guys stepped it up with a lot of the riders hitting the big side of the jumps, and quite a few overshooting. It was impressive to see these guys tackling a very challenging course.

Cody Warble of Edwards, CO took home top honors today with a run that included a cab 540, a back 7 and a front 3. Nipping at his heels were Skyler Ordean from Park City, UT in second and Blake Moller, also from Edwards in third. Moller will also be celebrating his overall win. This consistent rider placed in the top 10 in almost every event with a third in halfpipe and a fourth in boardercross.
SS_WebDarren Mack blew the judges away in halfpipe today. 9 years old, Mack won with a score of 97.0, throwing a frontside 540 lean six feet out, method air, a frontside 7 lean, cab360 4 feet out, and finishing with a pop tart (not the breakfast treat). He had a slight compression on the front 7, being the only thing standing between him and a score of 100 from one judge.  The riding from the top echelon of this group gives argument for the introduction of a final, being one of the hardest groups to judge.

Lydia Silber of Fraser, CO also impressed the judges. She had a run that included a front 3, a cab 3 and a variance of grabs consistently at the lip. Cambria Ordean of Park City, UT and Emilie-Kate Robinson Leith of Pennington, NJ join her on the podium.

High fives and lemonades are also in order for Annie Ryan, an adaptive rider from Aspen, CO, Kinsley White of Santa Clara, CA and Jack Warble of Edwards, CO for their 1st place finishes.

One of the most touching stories of the day comes form Giant Slalom. Maggie Rose Carrigan from Oak Creek, CO suffers from Scoliosis, a condition affects approximately 7 million people in the United States. The condition makes everyday life incredibly challenging for many. Maggie Rose Carrigan is not your average 14-year-old girl. She not only goes through daily life with more hardships than the rest of us can imagine, she beat out a field of 36 riders to take home a silver medal in today’s Giant Slalom. Good Job Maggie! You are an inspiration to all of us here at USASA. Congratulations are also in order for Jennifer Hawkrigg of Toronto who took first and Ruby Skye Wood who took third.

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