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Tahoe-area snowboarders to compete at USASA National Championships

VAST ACTION photographersTruckee's Ryan Murphy, 13, competes at the 2010 USASA National Championships. The 2011 National Championships, held at Copper Mountain, Colo., are from April 2-9.

More than 40 snowboarders from the North Tahoe Division of the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) have been selected to compete at the National Championships in Copper Mountain, Colo. this week.

These competitors were chosen based on their performance in the North Tahoe USASA snowboard competition series, which included more than 15 events at local resorts, including Boreal and Donner Ski Ranch.

Some riders, such as Truckee 13-year-old Ryan Murphy, will compete in all five events and#8212; halfpipe, slopestyle, boardercross, giant slalom and slalom and#8212; during the week-long competition.

and#8220;I got seventh overall at last years’ Nationals, and this year I’m hoping to make the podium,and#8221; Murphy said.

In its 22nd year, the National Snowboard Championships began this past Saturday and end this coming Saturday, April 9. The event will showcase more than 1,600 of the nation’s top regional snowboarders ranging from 4 through 64 years of age.

There’s also an Open Class division, which features athletes from the X Games, Grand Prix and Revolution Tour, including the 20 members of the USASA Team.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com. Information was used from the USASA.

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