Nor Am / Hole Shot Boardercross at Nationals
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. March 30, 2015. Rosina Mancari and Roger Carver won the final Nor Am / “Hole Shot” Boardercross event today at the 2015 USASA National Championships. The event featured an elite field of national and international athletes competing for Nor Am and FIS points as well as thousands of dollars in prize money. The event included athletes from six countries competing in the final Nor Am / “Hole Shot” Boardercross event presented in the USA this year. Many of the Boardercross athletes competing in today’s Nor Am event will be departing for the Nor Am Finals taking place at the Big White resort in Canada, April 2 and 3.
Snow conditions varied dramatically from the frozen, hard pack, early morning surface to the midday soft snow, that transitioned around noon. By the time finals were held in the early afternoon, warm temperatures had turned the morning hard pack into very soft, spring snow conditions. Coaches at the top of the venue could be seen working on folding tables, busily adjusting the wax and base structure of their racer’s boards to accommodate for the challenging, changing snow conditions.
The women’s final featured race winner Mancari (USA), Meghan Tierney (2, USA), Maria Ramberger (3, Austria), Anna Miller, (4, USA). Men’s finals included eventual race winner Carver (USA), Hagen Kearney (2, USA) , Thomas Matthew (3, Canada) and Devryn Valley (4, USA).
Season Long Nor Am / Hole Shot awards were announced at Copper during the afternoon awards ceremony. Roger Carver and Maria Ramberger won the Overall Nor/Am Hole Shot titles for the year. Meghan Tierney and Jake Vedder were named Nor Am / Hole Shot Junior Athletes for 2015.
Race winner Carver earned $3,000 and Mancari $2,000 for their winning performances in the Nor Am / Hole Shot finals. Prize money is calculated based on the size of field for all Open Class Events at the USASA National Championships.
The 2015 USASA National Championships is the final event of the season for USASA athletes. Over 1,900 athletes are competing in up to seven different disciplines from March 29 through April 7 at Copper Mountain. Disciplines of competition include: Snowboard Alpine Giant Slalom, Snowboard Alpine Slalom, Boardercross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Rail Jam and Banked Slalom. At the conclusion of snowboard competitions on April 3, the USASA and Copper host four additional days of Freeski competition featuring Skiercross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Rail Jam.
Founded by Chuck Allen in 1988, the USASA is proud to represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarding and freeskiing in the United States. USASA accomplishes this by supporting 31 series across the country that present over 500 events at more than 100 resorts throughout the season. The goal of the USASA is to promote fun, fair, and safe events while fostering a competitive spirit in the snowboard and freeski athlete community. In addition, USASA emphasizes education for coaches and competitors, and promotes an overall healthy snowboard and ski lifestyle.
Heard on the Hill
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. March 30, 2015. Copper Mountain Ski Patrol stopped by USASA's event registration to say how thankful they were for the unsolicited help they received from a USASA competitor who assisted them setting up a few section of “B” net. Youth Men competitor Xander Cornaby, of the Big Mountain West Series took the time to help out Ski Patrol on an early morning run. Special thanks to the Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitor for pitching in, doing a great job representing the USASA and snowboard athletes here at Copper!
Nor Am / Hole Shot Boardercross Race Champion, Roger Carver, was heading down to the Boardercross venue when he noticed two little “Grom” competitors slogging through a few inches of early morning, soft, sticky snow. Their mom was doing her best to get the kids across the flats, but was obviously having a difficult time. Remembering his early years as a USASA Grom competitor and the challenges he faced, Roger offered his assistance, picking both boys up and carrying them across the flats to the steep section of the trail, where they could let gravity take over and enjoy the early AM freshies.
Olympic Gold Medal Coach Bud Keene reflected on something that keeps him motivated, inspired and stoked: random conversations with kids on chairlifts. He gets energized every time he hops on a lift and has fly-by conversations with kids. Their enthusiasm and energy are contagious. Their stoke for their sport is better than a double shot of espresso!“That kid from the Upper Midwest Alt Series is the new Steven Speilberg!” Comment overheard at the GoPro / Video Games Event USASA premiere at the WOODWARD BARN at Copper. Billy Bjork’s second year submission blew people away at the end of the video night, hosted by VGE, GoPro and WOODWARD. Submit your vote for this year’s best video on the www.videogamesevents.com website. Look for the “Survey Monkey” survey to cast your vote.
“Ghostbusters!” Mick Dierdorff’s reply when asked who he was going to call with the new KYOCERA BRIGADIER phone he won for posting the fastest qualifying time (51.17) in the Nor Am / Hole Shot Boardercross event.
“Nope! I’m heading right into surgery.” Austrian Boardercross ace, Maria Ramberger’s reply when asked on the podium if she was heading to Canada to compete in the Nor Am Finals at Big White. Laughing as she spoke, the crowd wished her well as she heads into surgery to repair her knee, damaged before competing at Copper. Good-luck for a smooth recovery!