Sierra Nevada College ski, snowboard teams set sights on national titles
Sierra Nevada College’s ski and snowboard teams will compete in the 38th Annual United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., from March 6-12.
SNC Tahoe will send 36 athletes to join more than 500 collegiate athletes in alpine, Nordic and snowboard/freeski events.
The Eagles will look to defend their USCSA national titles from last season, when their women’s and men’s alpine and freeskiing skiing teams won overall titles. In snowboarding, a newer sport for SNC, both the women’s and men’s teams won overall silver medals as well.
The “overall” medals are awarded to the teams with the best performances in the most number of categories. SNC Tahoe’s 44 athletes last year brought home 12 individual bronze medals, 13 silvers and 12 golds.
The teams will have a special supporter cheering them on: Dr. Alan Walker, who took the helm at Sierra Nevada College in 2015.
Walker is an accomplished ski racer who has qualified for the NASTAR national championships in each of the last three years. After cheering his student athletes on in Lake Placid, he will compete himself in the NASTAR national races in Steamboat, Colo., from March 24-27.
“As a competitive skier myself, I have a special pride for the hard work that our student athletes do,” Walker said. “It takes real determination and commitment to be exceptional both and off the slopes. I am frankly honored to have the chance to cheer them on in person.”
A snow dynasty at Lake Tahoe
Sierra Nevada College, which owns 20 overall national championships in the last 25 years, first competed in the NCSA (now the USCSA) in 1990 with a men’s team of three athletes. The women’s team was added the following year.
Since then, the men’s teams have earned 18 national championships while the women’s teams have won 19 national titles.
SNC’s snowboard teams, which were formed in 2005, won the USCSA national championship their first season and have claimed eight out of nine titles so far.
In 2015, the college inducted the inaugural members of the Sierra Nevada College Hall of Fame, which honors the many accomplished professional skiers and boarders, and many former Olympians who have been members of the college’s athletic teams.
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