COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO –United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) members will have the chance tomorrow (Saturday, March 29) to ride with professionals when Under Armour snowboard athletes, Chas Guldemond and Jeremy Thompson make a special appearance at the 2014 Silver Anniversary USASA National Championships.
Guldemond, a US Olympian who competed in the inaugural event of Slopestyle at the Sochi Winter Olympics will travel to Copper Mountain from his home in Reno, Nevada. Thompson of Elka Park, New York, was the winner of the 2013 Red Bull Nanshan Open in Beijing, China. The two athletes will be hitting the Slopestyle course at Copper Mountain, site of the 25th annual USASA snowboarding National Championships with young fans and competitors in tow. Registration to ride with the pros will take place at 11:00 AM at the Under Armour tent located in the Vendor Village at Burning Stone Plaza. Both riders will also be signing autographs after the USASA Nationals Championships Opening Ceremonies, Saturday evening.
Guldemond began his snowboarding career participating in USASA Regional events in his native New Hampshire, where his parents Cindy and Paul ran the popular New Hampshire series. Thompson started his career at Hunter Mountain, NY and participated in the Catskill Mountain Series. Both attribute their professional successes to the foundation skills they learned while competing in USASA events.
The activities surrounding the 25th USASA Snowboard Nationals Championships begin at 8:00 am, tomorrow with practice for 28 age groups across five disciplines – Slalom, Giant Slalom, Boardercross®, Halfpipe and Slopestyle. Athletes participating in the Rail Jams will have dedicated practice sessions as well.
In addition to the Under Armour Slopestyle experience with Guldemond and Thompson, USASA athletes have the opportunity to attend a free “Carve Clinic” with Team USASA members. Maggie Rose Carrigan, a 2013-14 USASA Team member, will be joined by her teammates for the clinic. The Carve Clinic departs from the America Eagle lift at 8:45 am tomorrow morning.
Beginning at 9:00 am tomorrow, Verizon Wireless will open registration for a randomly selected winner of a Verizon Wireless prize pack consisting of a Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE, New Era USASA hat, USASA gear, Candy from Hi-Chew, Nutritional Bars from A3 and gear from Under Armour. Visit https://insidersguide.vzw.com/inside/usasanationals/ for rules and additional information.
The athlete parade for USASA’s 30 Regional Series, as well as opening ceremonies, begin at 5:30 pm tomorrow. Saturday’s kick-off activities wrap with a special Waxing Clinic with US Olympic gold medal winning coach, Bud Keene. Keene’s BK PRO Wax Clinic will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Peaks Room at Mountain Plaza in Center Village.
Competition for the USASA 25th National Championships, a World Snowboard Tour four-star event, begins Sunday, March 30. Events end on Thursday, April 3 with a special Exhibition Banked Slalom event the following day. Featured riders in the Banked Slalom will include Olympic medalists Lindsey Jacobellis and Ross Powers.
The USASA Ski Nationals Championships, an Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Silver level event, commence on April 5th with Opening Ceremonies and practice.
Award ceremonies will be held in the Burning Stones Plaza from 4:00 – 6:00 following each day’s snowboarding and freeskiing competitions