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With Nearly 125 Competitors, Banked Slalom was a HUGE Success!

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (April 4, 2014) –  The United States of America Snowboarding Association (USASA) held its first Banked Slalom, an exhibition event, at the Silver Anniversary National Championships today (Friday) at Copper Mountain Resort.  About 125 competitors across ten divisions participated including multi-time medal winning Olympians Ross Powers and Lindsay Jacobellis.

Both Powers, who is now a coach at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain School, and Jacobellis won their respective Open Class divisions.

Valentino Guseli (Southern VT Series) was victorious in the 9 & Under Boys while Ava Hamme (Northern VT) took the win for the girls.

In the Girls 10-13 group, Allie Nowicki (Southern VT) turned in the fastest time while Cody Winters
(Rocky Mountain) races to the win for the boys.

In the 14 & over age group for the women, Olivia Shively (Northern VT) was the class of the field to earn the gold.  The men’s winner was Kevin Eisenman (Rocky Mountain).

CJ Cahala (Mid-West Best) and Arlene Cohen (Rocky Mountain) each claimed the gold in the Adaptive Men and Women divisions.

The USASA’s snowboarding  National Championships are now concluded.  The Free Skiing National Championships start tomorrow (Saturday) with practice sessions for all groups.  Competition begins on Sunday.

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Forerunner of today's innagural showing of Banked Slalom was USASA Northern Vermont Series rider Hans Huber (10 yrs) out of Stowe, Vermont. Photo: Jennifer Langille / USASA Staff Photo

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Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis on the podium with fellow competitors Tori Koski (right) and Amanda Propst (left.) Photo: Jennifer Langille / USASA Staff

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Olympian Ross Powers on the podium with 2013-14 Team USASA member Hagen Kearney (right) and Billy Winters (left.) Photo: Jennifer Langille / USASA Staff

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Ava Hamme (9 yrs) of South Burlington, Vermont shows off her gold medal at USASA's first Banked Slalom exhibition event. Photo: Jennifer Langille / USASA Staff

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After receiving her gold medal in the Open Class, Lindsey Jacobellis takes time to sign a few autographs. Photo: Jennifer Langille / USASA Staff

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