The Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi featured a star-studded team from the USA, many of whom will be competing at the 25th Annual USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain. Because of their whirlwind, post-Sochi special appearance schedule, Team USA IPC Boardercross® competitors will be racing at Copper Mountain on a revised schedule. The USA Paralympians have been invited to a special, post-Sochi media reception in Washington DC, the same day as the SBX event scheduled for Adaptive athletes.
The SBX competition will take place as originally scheduled for all non-IPC /Adaptive Snowboard athletes at Copper. However, to accommodate the IPC athletes who will in Washington, DC on April 3rd, a separate IPC / SBX event will take place on April 9th, the day after the final day of the USASA Ski National Championships. Providing the venue for the IPC athletes affords the athletes with an opportunity to compete in their very own SBX National Championships, an IPC event used, in part, to determine the 2014-15 USA National Team roster.
Commenting on the whirlwind schedule for the IPC athletes he coaches, Head USA Coach Miah Wheeler commented, “We appreciate the relationship we have with USASA because of their willingness to adapt to our chaotic schedules. This year is especially hectic because of our great success at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. It will be extremely entertaining watching the best Adaptive riders in the world battle it out at Copper Mountain.”
The format for the SBX race on the 9th will feature early morning inspection and training runs, followed by 3 single, timed runs during which the athletes will ride individually on the SBX course at Copper Mountain. All other Adaptive snowboard competitors at this year’s USASA National Championships are scheduled to compete as part of Group 1 with their SBX event on April 3rd. The complete National Championship schedule for all athletes is posted on line at www.usasa.org under the NATIONALS tab on the homepage.