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Day 5…

nationals_day4_0164.jpgWe had a proposal on stage at awards today. Anthony Rosati of Cottage Grove, Minnesota proposed to his longtime girlfriend during the awards for Senior Men Halfpipe. nationals_day4_0160.jpg
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Day 4

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Day 4 started out sunny, with the clouds and wind rolling in for Open Class Pipe finals. All the riders threw down, putting on their game faces in front of the GO211.com webcast crew.

The little ones really threw down at slope today. The top ten kids in Menehune Boys were spinning off the big side  under bluebird skies until the clouds rolled in for finals. Seamus O’Conner took first, Nikolas Baden walked with second and Benny Milam took third. The competition was super tight and probably the closest we have seen this week. The conditions held up well despite the changing conditions until the wind kicked up and pushed some riders around. 

It was a speed suit fiesta with the Menehune girls at Slalom. The flashes of colors sped by on a very challenging course with the girls killing it. Ty Walker continued her winning streak taking first, followed by Lindsey Lumpkin in second and Nora Healey in third.
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The big story of the day, however, was the PacSun/USASA team, as the ladies took a full sweep of the half pipe podium. Second-year team member Kaitlyn Farrington took the gold, and was joined on the podium by fellow team members Kelly Marren and Molly Wilson. Kelly wowed the crowd with a big backside nine.
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Day 3

It was another beautiful day for snowboarding (and skiing) at USASA Nationals. The competition in the Breaker Boys was serious with 10 and 11-year-old kids putting down runs with back to back sevens and McTwists. If that’s not proof of where snowboarding is headed…

Check out GO211.com tomorrow for Open Class Mens Halfpipe streaming live.

In other news, the Skull Candy booth will be set up tomorrow and all 1st place finishers get a pair of Skull Candy headphones! If you got a gold earlier in the week and didn’t get your headphones see the ladies at registration after 8AM.

GO211 will be broadcasting from Open Class Slopestyle tomorrow so be sure to log in and Skull Candy arrived so stop by their tent!



 The 2009 USASA Nationals started with a bang, and a strong array of mustaches thanks to the Aspen/Snowmass series that have dubbed this year the 2009 Mustachionals.  The parade coincided with the snow rolling down the mountains on top of the competitors. The first series charged in with enthusiasm and clear skies, and the last series marched in flurries and the same enthusiasm as series one.  Copper followed the awards ceremony with a stellar show by the Yellow BMX Riders and fireworks.

All of day one competitors battled wind and snow to get the through first rounds of competition. Though there was snow everywhere else, boardercross saw some blue and the biggest field of the week, with 161 riders throughout the day. There were some heated battles with everyone from 6 to 72 pushing to the finish. The best heat was Legend Men, with the 40-50 year old men proving they still have what it takes, probably something to do with all of the monster they drank…

Seline balentinte slayed in slopestyle beating out India Stephenson by 11 points in Junior Women. Danielle Adams took third. The girls hit the big side and technical tricks on the rail section, proving that the women’s field is stepping it up.

Day two started with bluebird skies, lifting everyone’s spirits. We are hoping to see a repeat of that tomorrow before another storm moves in.

Open class and PacSun rider Mimi Wiencke took home the gold in Slalom with Alexa Loo second and Erica Mueller taking bronze. Jacqueline Hernandez, also a PacSun/USASA athlete took sixth, barely missing finals by two spots, not a bad feat for a sixteen year-old.

Open Class Men saw Michael Trapp take home the gold and a check for $1000 from Slalom with Garrett Sorteberg coming in second and Anton Pogue rounding out the top three.

Day two also brought Junior men to slopestyle. Matthew Brengmen brought home first with Jonathan Locklin coming in second and Roberto Gongora coming in a close third.

Copper Mountain proved once again that they are capable of putting together world class venues, while USASA displayed that they put together some of the best events in the world. 

Check in again soon for another update.

 


Day 3

It was another beautiful day for snowboarding (and skiing) at USASA Nationals. The competition in the Breaker Boys was serious with 10 and 11-year-old kids putting down runs with back to back sevens and McTwists. If that’s not proof of where snowboarding is headed…

Check out GO211.com tomorrow for Open Class Mens Halfpipe streaming live.

In other news, the Skull Candy booth will be set up tomorrow and all 1st place finishers get a pair of Skull Candy headphones! If you got a gold earlier in the week and didn’t get your headphones see the ladies at registration after 8AM.

 

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