I am sorry there are no updates for the final day of Nationals. It was a killer week and we look forward to seeing everyone here again next year. I returned home yesterday before awards because Aspen lost a dear friend and rider to a snowboarding accident. Wallace Westfeldt will be missed terribly and our hearts go out to his family.
Here we are, the second to last day. The weather again closed in and caused a few problems, slowing down the courses. The Skull Candy headphones have arrived and are being given to the podium winners each day. Hats have also arrived. If you haven’t gone to pick one up hit up registration tomorrow!
The HCSC/Oakley rail jam was a lot of fun last night. Copper brought out some snow cats to light up the course and the riders looked like they were having a great time. The Boom Box was blasting—what a killer feature!
11-year-old Arielle Gold blew away the judges at half pipe today with a backside seven, a killer accomplishment for a girl that age. Props! No stranger to the podium, she has won every event she has entered her at nationals, according to her coach. Definitely a rider to watch! She was followed by Ty Walker and Taylor Chatwin in second and third.
Open class faced a tough challenge with a soft slopestyle course. The riders rode hard, all hoping to get the TTR (Ticket to Ride) points that are a new addition this year. For the girls Lynn Neil of Utah took the gold, Mikaela Casey of Minnetrista, MN took the silver and Molly Wilson of Aspen, Colorado claimed the bronze. Ryan Anderson, Rick Millet and Joe Mango took first, second and third, respectively, for the men.
The Red Bull DJ Goldie is warming up the crowd right now for another round of awards. Windell’s is giving away their last camp session tonight, so I hope you all bought your raffle tickets. All the money raised goes to the USASA scholarship fund.
Tomorrow head over to the Sierra Nevada College tent for a chance to win some free gear. Erica is over their with a DaKine backpack and some other great swag that’s up for grabs.
For all the 11th place winners, GO211 are awarding hoodies. Go to the GO211 RV to pick it up if you claimed 11th place.
Today was a beautiful day for all the events. The High Cascade Rail Jam kicked off today with heats all day. Riders were tossed bandanas as the rode to signal they were in the finals. There was a serious tail block session and the HCSC Boom Box was rockin all afternoon.
Open class girls and guys competed in half pipe today and the airs were huge even from the base. PacSun/USASA athlete Kaitlyn Farrington won half pipe open class today, securing herself an invitation to the PacSun team for another year. She was joined on the podium by Kelly Marren of Squaw Valley Snowboard Team and Elizabeth Beerman, a fellow PacSun rider, out of Weston, VT.
Youth Men rider Jye Kearney KILLED IT today in slopestyle stomping his run. There was a lot of carnage on the course, but no serious injuries.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rocked the boardercross, taking first, second and fourth in Youth Women.
The adaptive crew took on Slalom today with the Ruggie Girls and boys and Legend and Kahuna men and women.
Yesterday was gaper day here at Copper, and a whole heard of gapers invaded the spectator area buttering and jibbing everything. Way fun. The Youth Men group is killer this year and is as exciting to watch as open class. We're seeing a lot of old school tricks back bringing up the style level.
We’ve been getting a bunch of coverage on local area news outlets. Check it out!
The sun is out! Youth Men rider Oliver Bacharach of Aspen Valley Snowboard Club killed it today in half pipe dropping a backside air, to back to back nines followed by a front five and alleyoop rodeo. Soooo sick. There was some sick riding from the other riders, but Sharkey was definitly the points leader after the first run. Props Shark Dog!
We are stoked to be the venue for the first world snowboard championships for the adaptive riders. We have seen killer riding from them. Chris Slavin blew me away when I saw the shot of her riding a huge box in the slopestyle course on a sit ski. She was at nationals last year as a snowboard competitor and is in a wheelchair as a result of a snowboard crash. I can't tell you how inspired and impressed I am by these riders. They are pushing to make snowboarding a part of the paraolympics and we are so stoked for them!
UPDATE: sign up for the HCSC rail jam is at the HCSC and Oakley tents. Competition will be tomorrow and there are heats starting at 12:45 and finals start at 7:15 with awards at 8:50.
Results Are Posted!
The weather today was cold with blowing snow but all events were completed successfully. And if you have never been to Copper, blowing snow has a whole new meaning here. I think there is still snow in my ears. Though I rode 8 inches of fresh this morning, riders braved the winds and snow to compete in all disciplines.
The morning scene at the half pipe was a throwback to the begining days of snowboarding. Coaches had their boards off and were using them to plow snow out of the pipe so their shredders had something to ride, reminicing of the days when thats how a pipe was cut.
In boardercross, PacSun Rider Jacqueline Hernandez plowed through the
finish taking out the timing mechanism. She is ok and finished, though
the timing mechanism is a little worse for the wear.
Riders stood through snow blowing sideways for awards and some lucky winners got trips to Woodward and Windell’s camps. Windell’s will be giving away camp sessions all week and raffle tickets are available through the Windell’s tent. The money raised by the raffle will go to USASA scholarships. Winners proudly stood on the Red Bull Podium though the crowd could barely see through the blowing snow.
Those who weren’t competing enjoyed a super sweet day exploring (and getting a little lost) in Copper’s back bowls. The pow was plentiful and the trees bomber.
The High Cascade Rail Jam was postponed due to weather and riders can sign up for tomorrow’s jam at the HCSC table in the Registration room.
Day one of competition has come and gone. Though the forecast was for 2 inches of snow, the snow gods had mercy and only a few flakes fell. We saw some killer runs from the ruggie boys in slopestyle with Darren Mack of West Bloomfield, MI taking gold, Edwards, CO rider Blake Moller claiming silver and Caden Roberts of Utah taking the bronze. Ruggie girls also had a strong showing, though there were only 5 competitiors. Chloe Kim killed it taking gold, followed by Maddie Mastro in second and Kiersten Edwards in third.
Boardercross had a slow start with a crash early on, but finished strong. In Menehune girls there was a photo finish for second with Lindsea Lumpkin and Maliea Sanchez battling to take the silver spot next to winner Arielle Gold. The two were neck and neck until Lumpkin pulled ahead to take the silver. An unidentified Vermont rider impressed many a coach on the sidelines today. In a Breaker Boys heat he narrowily avoided a collision by FULLY ollying a fellow competitor. So Rad.
Awards was killer and everyone turned up to show their support for their fellow riders. Go211 broadcasted live on the web with commentary by Olympic rider Tricia Byrnes. Fuel TV was there filming for the weekly update and gathered interviews from riders big and small. Everyone was patient with technical problems and we are promised a new mic tomorrow.
The Adaptive riders agian showed their strength competing in halfpipe. Even just watching them accept the awards is inspiring. Evan Strong took gold in the men's and Bibian Mentel took gold in the women's.
High Cascade and Oakley moved into the sponsor village today with rumors of the rail jam to come. Sign up begins tomorrow so stop by the High Cascade tent to enter the rail jam and try out the exercise bike!
Results for day one are posted on the site so check 'em out! Don't forget to show your support for all the competitors as Nationals rages on.
Nationals has landed!
Nationals has decended on Copper, bringing 1600 competitors to take over the mountain for the next 6 days. All the venues are world class and this year's nationals are shaping up to be better than ever before.
This year open class slopestyle and half pipe are three star TTR events and we are seeing a high level of riding from all age groups. Today was just practice and it was impressive.
Following a day full of practice runs the riders converged for an opening parade and ceremony. Each region was represented with style and everything from ducks to ponies adorned the competitiors. Competition begins tomorrow and we are looking forward to a killer week.
Check back throughout the week for updates and pictures from the 2008 USASA Nationals at Copper!