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2014 USASA Freeski National Championship is Underway!

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (April 6, 2014) – Last night we kicked-off the 2014 USASA Freeski National Championships, an Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Silver level event, with high energy, 575 registered competitors, and a fresh coating of powder. 

The Opening Ceremonies is an opportunity for each participating Series to represent their home region with colorful banners, flags, and team uniforms.

 

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All the participants, coaches, and families joining us for the 25th Anniversay of the USASA National Championships parade into Copper Mountain's Burning Stone Plaza where our Exectutive Director Pete Davis officates the start to the event, and introduces the presentor of the American Anthem.

 

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The Anthem was sung by Don Bostick, President and Founder of World Cup Skateboarding. Additionally, Don founded the North Tahoe Series in 1989.

 

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A repeat event from the 2013 USASA Freeski National Championship was a visit from Under Armour Team Member and Olympian Bobby Brown, who joined us earlier in the day to ski with the kids. After the conclusion of the 2014 Opening Ceremonies, hundreds of young skiers mobbed the UA Tent for an opportunity to personally meet Bobby as well as receive an autographed poster. 

 

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In speaking with Bobby after the autograph signing he shared, "This is the most stoked autograph signing I go to ever. All these kids have the same passion I do! It's cool to see the younger generation coming up and being so stoked on the thing (slopestyle) I love to do."

 

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We concluded the evening with Open Skier Class Rail Jam where for the ladies Gabrielle Ward of Bend, OR and a member of the Enter the Dragon Series took top honors. Catherine Ferguson of Cumberland, ME and skiing for the Northern Vermont Series took home Silver. While Sarah Kope of Eagle, ID and representing the Idaho Mountain FreeRide Series rounded out the podium with Bronze.

The Open Skier Men saw Justin Kennedy of Boise, ID secure the Gold for the Idaho Mountain FreeRide Series. The Silver would go to Connor Clayton of West Simsbury, CT and Southern Vermont Series, while Bronze went to Catskill Mountain Series Skier Tucker Foti of Hunter, NY.

*** Complete Open Class Rail Jam Results ***

*** Gallery of 2014 FreeSki Opening Ceremonies ***

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