From 550+ events to One - the 25th Annual USASA National Championships Begin March 30
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO – The road to the 25th annual United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association’s (USASA) championships will end where it began this year, at Colorado’s Copper Mountain Resort. Between the opening event on November 11, 2013 to the snowboarder’s opening ceremonies on Saturday, March 29, some 550 events have been held involving over 4,000 competitors. During the Silver Anniversary of the USASA National Championships, nearly 1200 snowboard athletes will compete in six disciplines while nearly 550 skiers will participate in four individual events.
USASA Executive Director Pete Davis stated, “The excitement building for the Silver Anniversary USASA National Championships is phenomenal. The success of USASA athletes that competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi this winter has generated real awareness of the talent level coming to Copper. We are all looking forward to great competition at some of the best venues we’ve ever seen at our National Championships. Copper has really raised the bar this year!”
Founded in 1988, the USASA is the first organization exclusively focused on competitive grassroots snowboarding. The belief was that by forming a national association for snowboard competitors, rules of competition could be standardized and an annual national championship event could be established for the rapidly growing sport. Two short years later, USASA held its premiere national championships at Snow Valley, CA. Freeskiing was later added and a companion championships, exclusively for skiers, was established.
Competitors at the 25th USASA National Championships range in age from 7 to 70 and hail from 30 Regional Series, with half of the states in the US represented including Alaska and Hawaii. Snowboarders earned invitations to participate at the National Championships in Alpine (Slalom, Giant Slalom and Boardercross) and/or Freestyle (Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Rail Jam) events. The disciplines available for Freeskiers include Skiercross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Rail Jam.
In celebration of USASA’s Silver Anniversary National Championships, several special events and unique elements are on tap for the competitors. One of the most interesting will be a walk down memory lane of past championships through a display of memorabilia including medals, bibs, as well as correspondence from competitors and alumni. Founding members of the organization will participate in this year’s events as will members of the family of USASA founder, Chuck Allen.
Among the special elements waiting for the athletes this year will be free photography at all venues and disciplines from VAST Action Photography, Medicine in Motion will be offering complimentary Physical and Massage Therapy, a free video night featuring entries from a nationwide video contest at Woodward at Copper, a Banked Slalom exhibition event for prequalified competitors, a USASA National Championship Mobile App, a free “carve” clinic from Team USASA members and a Wax Clinic with Olympic Gold Medal Coach, Bud Keene and more. The Vendor Village, located in Burning Stones Plaza, will feature a wide array of sponsor tents, custom tee shirts, contests, samples and fun interactive events presented by sponsors of the USASA.
“USASA was the first contest series I competed in. It allowed me to go to nationals and ride with the best riders my age from all over the country. Not only did it push my riding and get my snowboarding career started but I also now have a low of friends to this day I met through USASA,” commented Louie Vito, 2010 US Olympic Team rider and X Games Champion in the 2014 USASA Media Guide.
Danny Kass, 2-time Olympic Silver Medalist agreed with Vito through his remarks in the Media Guide, “The USASA Foundation and its support for the young children of America are the biggest reason I has a chance to win an Olympic medal. If not for the USASA, I would never have had a chance to compete at the junior level. It gave me the tools and experiences I would need for my entire career as a professional snowboarder.”
The USASA 25th National Championships, which are a TTR four-star event, kick off on Saturday, March 29 with age group practice sessions across all disciplines. The athlete parade for the 30 Regional Series as well as opening ceremonies will get under way at 5:30. Competition begins Sunday, March 30 and ends on Thursday, April 3, with the Exhibition Banked Slalom event the following day. Featured riders in the Banked Slalom will include Olympic medalists Lindsey Jacobellis and Ross Powers.
The Ski Nationals, an Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Silver level event, commence on April 5th with Opening Ceremonies and practice. Award ceremonies will be held in the Burning Stones Plaza from 4:00 – 6:00 following each day’s snowboarding and freeskiing competitions.
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25th Anniversary of the USASA National Championships feature new elements
March 7, 2014. The USASA is pleased to announce new elements that competitors will enjoy at the 2014 USASA National Championships. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the first USASA National Championships, founding members of the organization will be in attendance along with members of the family of the USASA founder, Chuck Allen. Memorabilia from the past 24 National Championships including medals, bibs, correspondence from competitors and alumni of the USASA will all be at Copper for this year’s events. In addition to celebrating the 25th Anniversary, some exciting new elements include:
· VAST ACTION Photographers will be on site, taking professional quality photos at all venues during both Snowboard and Ski week. All VAST Action Photos are FREE this year. That’s right…. parents can leave their cameras at home and not have to worry about paying for high quality photos after the event. FREE Photos for ALL athletes at Nationals this year!
· MEDICINE IN MOTION will be on site, set up at the top of the Halfpipe venue, offering free Physical and Massage therapy.
· VIDEO NIGHT, SUNDAY MARCH 30TH AT WOODWARD. Screening of the top 10 videos from the nationwide contest. A panel of judges will be on hand to score the top films and online voting will take place all week to determine the winners.
· BANKED SLALOM. TONS of enthusiasm for this new event. It will be staged just above the Rail Jam venue, affording great viewing from Burning Stones Plaza! Criteria for qualifying detailed on the website.
· USASA National Championships MOBILE APP. The new app, developed by RMS Series Director, Paul Krahulec has EVERYTHING related to the Championships: Schedule of events, Comprehensive Riders Guide, Copper Mountain event site map, discounts at Copper, Athlete groups, Results and much more. Download from Q-Reader at Registration.
· FREE “CARVE CLINIC” PRESENTED BY TEAM USASA MEMBERS. 2013-14 team member Maggie Rose Carrigan and other members of the team will be meeting interested carvers, March 29th at the American Eagle lift at 8:45 AM to head up for the clinic. The complete roster of clinicians will be posted at Athlete Registration.
USASA announces AFP Silver Level Sanction
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USASA announces AFP Silver Level Sanction for 2014 National Championships
February 25, 2014. The USASA and The Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) have announced that the 2014 USASA Ski National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colorado have been granted Silver Level sanctioning.
Commenting on the Silver level status of the event, USASA Executive Director Pete Davis stated, "We are excited to have earned AFP Silver Level status for our Silver Anniversary, 25th Annual National Championships at Copper Mountain. The venues are in great shape and we hope to see full rosters in all classes of the events that we'll be presenting for our ski athletes April 5th through 9th." The USASA Ski National Championships will feature skiercross, rail jam, slopestyle and halfpipe competitions over the five days in April. The AFP sanctioned events follow the USASA Snowboard National Championships that begin on March 29th and end on April 4th.
Davis continued, "We witnessed some incredible skiing at the USASA National Championships last year. Seeing skiers who earned podiums at Copper in 2013, make it to the Olympics in Sochi this winter demonstrated how high the bar has risen at this event. Seeing the caliber of athlete competing at the USASA National Championships, it was a logical progression for the AFP to sanction the event at the Silver level. We are very excited to work with their team moving forward."
AFP Executive Director, Eric Zerrenner added, "The AFP has worked with and supported USASA for years. Their regional programs focused on youth participation in competitive freeskiing is essential for the growth of our sport, and has proven to be a successful path to the Olympic stage - demonstrated by last year's National Halfpipe Champion Lyman Currier. With added resources and expected increase in participation, the AFP is pleased to elevate the 2014 Nationals to a Silver Level AFP event."
About the Association of Freeskiing Professionals
The Association of Freeskiing Professionals was launched in 2007 with the goal of providing a clear and concise World Rankings for the sport of freeskiing in the disciplines of halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and overall for both men and women. Organized, managed and communicated by the AFP, the World Ranking System is made possible by a network of AFP-sanctioned events - the AFP World Tour. Through the global organization and consistency of judging, competition schedule and event sanctioning requirements, the AFP helped halfpipe and slopestyle skiing gain Olympic acceptance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.