USASA Freeski Nationals Kicks Off at Copper Mountain

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A parade of fresskiers from around the nation kicked of the 2017 USASA Freeski Nationals here at Copper Mountain, CO. Over 700 freeskiers from the ages of 5 to 65 are on the hunt for 2017 USASA National Championship titles in slopestyle, halfpipe, skicross and rail jam.

Last night KIND Snacks honored 32 freeskiers from each series who showed kindness and community-minded efforts with their KINDest Rider Award. Athletes like, Landyn Morris, Elias Huber and Hannah Johnson walked away with bags filled with KIND swag for their not so random acts of kindness this season.

Competition kicked off right after opening ceremonies with Open Class freeskiers taking to the rail jam set up. The night belonged to Mt. Hood Series skier, Tucker Fitzsimmons, who dominated the men’s competition and Elieen Gu, from the North Tahoe Series, who took home gold for the women.

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Lyon Farrell and Dusty Henricksen Take Home Top Honors

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Lyon Farrell, Chandler Hunt and Asher Humphreys went one, two, three in Open Class slopestyle finals Thursday. Lyon Farrell, who broke his board in practice, stomped a backside triple cork 1440 on the last run of the day to take home USASA Nationals gold. Farrell’s triple is only the second triple ever to be landed in Nationals’ competition, last year’s champion Chris Corning landed the first.  One the women’s side, U.S. Snowboarding Team member, Hailey Mattingly, edged out Ty Schnorrbusch and Lydia Silber to claim the USASA National Championships title.

The day belonged to Dusty Henricksen in the Breaker boys halfpipe competition, Dusty  impressed the judges with huge amplitude and a crippler that earned him Columbia Sportswear’s Best Trick award along with Snurfer’s Highest Air. Once again, Valentino Guseli took gold in Menehune boys division.

The alpine courses were running fast with Lexi Bullis, Annie Erickson, Lily Janousek took gold in Giant Slalom while Nate True and Will Taylor cleaned up.

The Grommets and Kahunas took to the snowboardcross course with Noah Avallone and Chelsea Kelley taking gold in boys and girls Grommet divisions.

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USASA Nationals Day 4: Ryan Wachendorfer Wins Halfpipe Gold

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The sun shone down on a perfect pipe as the Open Class riders took to Copper’s 22 foot halfpipe for the finale of  the 2016-17 season. Colorado native and U.S. Snowboarding Team member, Ryan Wachendorfer, landed two double cork rotations to take home top prize while Mammoth Team rider, Joshua Bowman, charged into second and won a $400 gift card from Columbia Sportswear for earning Best Trick with a huge frontside double cork 1080. Third place went to Aspen Snowmass rider, Robert “Bob O” Petitt.

The women’s competition was won by Anna Valentine who landed a big frontside 540 on the first hit, second went to Southern Vermont Series’ Noelle Edwards and Mary Prantis took home third.

The alpine courses were running fast with Will Taylor and Nate True taking top spots in snowboard youth and junior men divisions respectively.

The ladies took to the start gate in snowboardcross with breaker, jams, youth, junior and menehune divisions charging the fast and clean Copper Mountain course. Acy Lane Craig, Julianne Tonkel, Kennedy Day and Madeline Lochte-Bono all took home golds.

Valentino Guseli, from the Southern Vermont Series, continued to dominate the breaker boys division taking home another gold in slopestyle.

Open class men and women competed in Rail Jam. Riders were throwing down X Games worthy tricks with Miles Fallon snagging  gold for the men and Alexis Roland jumping on top of the podium at the end of the night for the Ladies.

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The Progression Continues at USASA Nationals

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A fresh blanket of snow covered Copper Mountain for the third day of the 2017 USASA National Championships. Despite the fresh snow, all venues were running fast and medals continued to be won in slopestyle, halfpipe, snowboardcross, giant slalom, slalom and rail jam.

In women’s slopestyle progression was the name of the game with Ellie Duchow from Breckenridge, CO taking the win followed closely by California native Makayla Kellogg and Ellie Weiler. Fifth place finisher, Amber Zierden, landed a cab 540 underflip and earned herself a free session to High Cascade SummerCamp for the days hardest charger.

The progression continued over in men’s snowboard youth halfpipe competition with Kolman Lecroy taking the gold and a $400 gift card from Columbia Sportswear for Best Trick. Lecroy stomped a frontside inverted 900 on the first hit and edged out 2nd place finisher Joey Okesson, who took home Snurfer’s award for biggest air. Big Mountain West’s, Parker Giblin rounded out the podium in third.

Nor-Am racers took over the slalom course today, with American AJ Russ taking home $2000 along with his gold medal. Austrian Ina nabbed her second title in as many days on the women’s side.

Giant Slalom hosted Grommets and Kahuna with Rowan Driscoll racing in Grommet boys taking that top spot on the podium and Alex Juhasz in Kahuna men taking home the gold.

Eighty  Breaker boys took to the start gate in snowboardcross and Cole Paraiso made his way to the top of the heap, claiming a much sought after gold.

The snow continued to fall throughout the night during rail jam. Kenna Calliguri and Wyatt Niesen dominated rail jam under the lights.

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Nationals Continues At Copper Mountain

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USASA competitors continued to impress judges and time clocks alike at day two of USASA Nationals in Copper Mountain, CO with a series of first time National Championships titles. South Tahoe Series ripper, Kinsley White, took home her first USASA National Championship title in Breaker Girls with an impressive frontside 540 on the first hit. That trick not only sealed her gold medal fate but it also landed her a $400 Columbia Sportswear Gift Card for Best Trick of the day in Halfpipe. Henry McCarthy, from the Maine Mountain Series, won his first USASA Nationals’ gold in Junior Men Snowboardcross, coming  back from a ruptured spleen last season.

“It is nice to be here today after coming back from a tough injury last season. I spent a lot of time in the gym and challenged myself with a lot of mental preparation.” McCarthy said, “After working my way up in regional events I am now here at the USASA Nationals landing myself at the top of the box, I am so grateful for that.”  

Slopestyle hosted Grommet and Ruggie girls and boys. Alessandro Barbieri from Portland, OR took home gold in Grommet boys. Reese Moryn from Harris, MN nabbed the win in Ruggie girls.

Halfpipe hosted Youth, Junior, and Breaker women. Kayleigh Carew, earned gold in Youth and Kai Shafer took the win for Juniors women along with highest air of the day.

Darren Gardner lead a Canadian sweep off the Nor-Am Open Class Giant Slalom podium followed by fellow teammates Richard Evanoff and Sebast Beaulieu in third. In youth alpine, Jams shredder Griffin Masters took the win in Giant Slalom and Cole Paraiso grabbed gold in Breaker Boys in Slalom.

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Jake Vedder wins USASA Nationals SBX

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The first day of USASA Nationals competition went off without a hitch here at Copper Mountain with US Snowboarding Team athletes dominating the Nor-Am and Open class Snowboardcross races. Youth Olympic Games winner and US Snowboarding Development Team rider, Jake Vedder, won his first National Championship title, second place was earned by fellow US Snowboarding Team member Mick Dierdorff. Josh Miller nabbed third.

"I love USASA Nationals, I’ve been coming here since I was six or seven and this is actually the first time I’ve ever won here." Vedder said after winning gold and taking home Wend Wax's Fast Time of the Day, "I usually do not qualify that well and I ended up qualifying two seconds faster than everybody else. I thought today is my day, we are going to take it one heat at a time." USASA Nationals is the started point for nearly every US athlete on the pro circuit, with every 2014 US Olympic team member getting their start at USASA competitions. On the women's side, US rider Colleen Healey bested Australian rider Georgia Baff and fellow American Audrey McManiman. 

Slopestyle hosted Junior and Youth men with Alex Atno from Lavallette, NJ taking gold in Youth men and Peter Croasdale from Lakeville, MN winning in Junior men.

Halfpipe hosted Ruggies and Kahunas with snowboarding legend Chris Pappas taking home the win in Kahunas and a $400 gift card from Columbia Sportswear for Best Trick and Henry Hawkins taking gold for Ruggie boys.

The alpine venues were running fast with groups 2 and 4 charging the courses with Mens Adaptive Class shredder Eric Snyder taking the win in Slalom and Hans Huber grabbing gold in Breaker Boys Giant Slalom. 

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The USASA Snowboarding Nationals action continues through April 6th. Click here for the complete schedule of events and follow live scoring and up-to-date results on our Kyocera/Verizon mobile app at m.mobile.usasa.org. Download FREE photos of all the competitors and awards at VASTACTION.COM.

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