Fasani wins USASA title
Tahoe Truckee High School sophomore Kimmy Fasani took first place in the 2000 USASA Youth Women’s National Championships Slopestyle competition in Waterville, N.H., this April.
The results couldn’t be more surprising, especially to Fasani, who in her first year of competing felt she hadn’t been put to the test.
“I didn’t feel like I earned it [going to nationals] because I didn’t get to compete with that many other girls.”
In her first competition on the Northstar-at-Tahoe Youth Women’s Snowboarding team Fasani ranked third out of three girls.
“I got third, and I was pretty disappointed because it was only out of three girls. Next time I got second, and then I got first all the way ’till the end of the season.”
Still, the results weren’t convincing.
She found that in many of her competitions she was one of the few, if only competitors in the women’s 14-15 year olds. Often times she would win by default.
But, when out of 25 girls, Fasani qualified to compete in all five events of the 2000 USASA Snowboarding Championships her insecurities waned and her performance rose to the occasion.
She also ranked second in the 14-15 year old freestyle competition, which is a combination of scores in slopestyle and the halfpipe, and third in a combined score of all five events, slopestyle, giant slalom, slalom, halfpipe, and boardercross.
The accomplishments of this Tahoe Truckee High School sophomore haven’t gone unnoticed, and she has received sponsorships from Totally Board, Focused Web, from whom she has her own web page, and most recently Sessions, a snowboarding apparel company.
To add to her list of accomplishments, Fasani was awarded a snowboarding scholarship from USASA. The only stipulation of the award is that she is required to spend the money on costs related to boarding.
That shouldn’t be a problem. She plans to spend a week in Canada this summer at a snowboarding training camp.
In the long term, she hopes to compete as a professional snowboarder with the 2006 Olympic snowboarding team.
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