Local snowboard, skiercross teams bring home 8 medals from Nationals | SierraSun.com

Local snowboard, skiercross teams bring home 8 medals from Nationals

Squaw Valley’s Snowboard and Skiercross team took home eight medals at the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colo., recently.

The competition ran from April 1 through April 12, during which the competitors saw just about every weather situation, including wind, 60 degrees, clouds and flat light, minus 10 degrees, intense sun and two consecutive Sunday afternoons with heavy snowfall. The variances in weather forced competitors at all venues to gauge the conditions and adjust their riding accordingly.

The two weeks featured impressive tricks by all ages thrown down in the halfpipe and slopestyle contests, and some impressive racing at the slalom, giant slalom and boardercross venues.

The competition included a total of 1,641 competitors, and more than 2,500 single event entries in slopestyle, slalom, halfpipe, giant slalom and boardercross/skiercross.

Two members of the Squaw Valley Snowboard Team competed and placed, winning a total of four medals, including Cole Johnson with three first-place medals (GS, S, BX) and Ben Reutter, who came in second in boardercross.

Four members of Squaw Valley’s Skiercross Team competed and placed, including Lisa Lacampage, Kelsey Wittels, Dylan Pace and Carlyn Williams.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.

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