COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. March 30, 2015. Rosina Mancari and Roger Carver won the final Nor Am / “Hole Shot” Boardercross event today at the 2015 USASA National Championships. The event featured an elite field of national and international athletes competing for Nor Am and FIS points as well as thousands of dollars in prize money. The event included athletes from six countries competing in the final Nor Am / “Hole Shot” Boardercross event presented in the USA this year. Many of the Boardercross athletes competing in today’s Nor Am event will be departing for the Nor Am Finals taking place at the Big White resort in Canada, April 2 and 3.
Snow conditions varied dramatically from the frozen, hard pack, early morning surface to the midday soft snow, that transitioned around noon. By the time finals were held in the early afternoon, warm temperatures had turned the morning hard pack into very soft, spring snow conditions. Coaches at the top of the venue could be seen working on folding tables, busily adjusting the wax and base structure of their racer’s boards to accommodate for the challenging, changing snow conditions.
The women’s final featured race winner Mancari (USA), Meghan Tierney (2, USA), Maria Ramberger (3, Austria), Anna Miller, (4, USA). Men’s finals included eventual race winner Carver (USA), Hagen Kearney (2, USA) , Thomas Matthew (3, Canada) and Devryn Valley (4, USA).
Season Long Nor Am / Hole Shot awards were announced at Copper during the afternoon awards ceremony. Roger Carver and Maria Ramberger won the Overall Nor/Am Hole Shot titles for the year. Meghan Tierney and Jake Vedder were named Nor Am / Hole Shot Junior Athletes for 2015.
Race winner Carver earned $3,000 and Mancari $2,000 for their winning performances in the Nor Am / Hole Shot finals. Prize money is calculated based on the size of field for all Open Class Events at the USASA National Championships.
The 2015 USASA National Championships is the final event of the season for USASA athletes. Over 1,900 athletes are competing in up to seven different disciplines from March 29 through April 7 at Copper Mountain. Disciplines of competition include: Snowboard Alpine Giant Slalom, Snowboard Alpine Slalom, Boardercross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Rail Jam and Banked Slalom. At the conclusion of snowboard competitions on April 3, the USASA and Copper host four additional days of Freeski competition featuring Skiercross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Rail Jam.
Founded by Chuck Allen in 1988, the USASA is proud to represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarding and freeskiing in the United States. USASA accomplishes this by supporting 31 series across the country that present over 500 events at more than 100 resorts throughout the season. The goal of the USASA is to promote fun, fair, and safe events while fostering a competitive spirit in the snowboard and freeski athlete community. In addition, USASA emphasizes education for coaches and competitors, and promotes an overall healthy snowboard and ski lifestyle.