Snowboardcross NorAM Finals Decided at 2016 USASA National Championships
The 2016 NorAM Snowboard Boardercross title was on the line Sunday at Copper Mountain in the final event of the USSA’s Hole Shot Tour NorAM Series. An international field, including five US Team members and an Olympian tackled Copper’s purpose-built boardercross venue. Sunday’s race was contested as part of the Open Class competition at the USASA’s 27th annual National Championships. The dual sanctioning of the OPEN Class events represents a cooperative effort between the USASA, the USSA, and Copper Mountain Resort.
US rider, Cole Johnson, claimed the NorAm title with his fourth place finish in the last race of the season. His margin over runner-up and fellow US competitor, Robert Minghini, was 225 points.
Defending NorAm champion, Rosina Mancari, led the US women with her second place finish in the 2016 standings. She was fifth in Sunday’s event. Canadian, Meryeta Odine earned the women’s NorAm title.
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Japanese competitor, Shinya Momono (center) won the final men’s NorAm event over US riders, Mike Dierdorff (left) and Alex Diebold (right).
Diebold was the bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. A pair of Americans, Johnson and Devryn Valley completed the top five.
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Karen Iwadare (center), also from Japan, completed that country’s sweep of the top podium position. American rider, Danielle Steinhoff (left) captured the silver and Annabel Tudhope (right) from Australia earned bronze.
US competitors, Yoshi Knowles and Mancari rounded out the top five.