USASA celebrates Open Class athlete, Zoe Kalapos from Avon, CO. Zoe laid down the gold mdal run in Halfpipe on Wednesday.
The Women's Open Class Silver went to Anna Valentine of Sparta, NJ and Stamford, CT rider, Noelle Edwards captured the Bronze.
In the Men's Open Class, Ryan Wachendorfer (Edwards, CO) led the way for the Gold. Justus Judd Henkes V (La Jolla, CA) took the Silver and Chase Blackwell (Longmont, CO) was the Bronze medalist.
Reports from the Halfpipe indicated that the tricks being thrown down by both the men and women were very impressive including back-to-back doubles.
The progression continued the next day into Slopestyle where 81 men and nearly 20 women were entered to tackle the Copper Mountain course. There was a buzz following the event describing the level of competition that had just been witnessed. Triple corks and more were described.
The Men's leaderboard - Gold - Chris Corning (Silverthorne, CO), Silver - Dylan Thomas (Kingsley, PA) and Bronze - Jaren Elston (Bend, OR).
The Women's podium - Gold - Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Wanaka, OTG), Silver - Serena Shaw (Bondville, VT) and Bronze - Jade Thurgood (Clinton, UT).
All told, 1250 snowboarders participated in the 27th edition of the USASA National Championships across the five days of competition, in six disciplines in one of 148 different age groupings. Before the athletes arrived at Copper Mountain Resort, they had qualified through the 495 USASA Sanctioned events held during the 2015/2016 season, in one or more of the 31 Series from among the five Regions.
The youngest competitor to participate in the 2016 USASA Snowboard National Championships was five year-old Sloane Alexander from the Snow Ohio Series. As a Ruggie, this young lady tackled the Slalom and Giant Slalom courses in her first Nationals appearance.
On the other end of the spectrum, the eldest competitor to participate in the 2016 USASA Snowboard National Championships was a veteran of many (many) years, Dick Schulze from the South Tahoe Series. At 70 years young, Mr. Schulze competed as a Methuselah (60+) and finished second in the Overall standings for his group after participating in Slalom, GS, Superpipe, Slopestyle and Boardercross.
Line up for the Parade of Regions near the climbing wall. This year, the regions went all out with wonderfully colorful shirts, sweatshirts, and other forms of outerwear. It also appeared there were many new banners and flags which made for quite the kleidoscope
Mother Nature treated the snowboarders to a pow day on Tuesday - which was great for those who weren't competing. It made for a rather challenging day for those who were performing at one of the disciplines as well as for the judging and officiating staff.
A beautiful view from the top of the Boardercross course.