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(South Lake Tahoe, CA – April 7th, 2011) USASA is proud to announce that the Open Class ski competition at the 2011 Nationals has been designated as a silver-level event by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP). This is very exciting news for both USASA and AFP, as our halfpipe and slopestyle ski athletes will be able to join the world rankings that AFP is so well known for.
The Association of Freeskiing Professionals started ranking skiers worldwide in 2008 and has since becoming a governing body for the sport. The ranking system is unique due to its focus on halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air events. In addition, the ranking list is comprised of athletes all over the world.
USASA Nationals was recently added to their event calendar as one of the 51 events in which riders can gain points. The event calendar is considered a great resource for the freeski community.
Speaking of USASA Nationals, general manager of AFP, Steele Spence, says “We are super excited for USASA Nationals this year and the new partnership that we have made. This is a great opportunity for us, and has proven to be a great event. We are stoked that these kids can start to make their way up the ranking list starting with USASA Nationals.”
This news comes on the heels of another exciting announcement made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on April 6th, when ski halfpipe was officially added as an event in the 2014 Olympics in Russia. AFP anticipates that when the time comes for the nations to pick athletes for their Olympic team, that the ranking list will be a great resource in choosing the athletes. “USASA is honored to be considered as a silver-level event by AFP. It is an amazing opportunity for our Open Class athletes to join the rank s alongside skiers such as Simon Dumont and Devin Logan,” says USASA Executive Director, Jason Toutolmin.
USASA ski competitions will begin on April 10th and continue through the 12th at Copper Mountain, CO. The nearly-500 competitors of all ages will compete in halfpipe, slopestyle, and skiercross in hopes of becoming 2011 national champions.
As a grassroots organization, the USASA is proud to be able to represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarding and freeskiing in the United States. USASA accomplishes this by supporting 32 series across the country that put on nearly 500 events throughout the season. Our goal is to promote safe, fair, and fun events while fostering a competitive spirit in the snowboard and freeski athletes. In addition, USASA emphasizes education for coaches and competitors, and promotes an overall healthy snowboard and ski lifestyle.
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