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Freeski Nationals Review

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A montage of happenings prior to the 2016 Nationals Free Ski Awards on Sun, April 10.  For a group of young competitors, arriving early for the ceremonies paid off as they won prizes from several USASA and 2016 National Championship sponsors including a unique tote bag from Swag Bag (ClubSwagBag.org), backpacks from Windells Camp and a speaker from Braven Products, among others.Spons montage 4-10 Sun

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On Sunday, April 10, Group 1 (NorAm, Open, 19-29 and 30 & Over for both Men and Women) hit the SkierCross course. Full results can be found via the Nationals tab on the USASA Homepage (left)

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

  

 Group 3, which consisted of the 13-15 year-old Men and Women as well as 16-18 year-old Men and Women spent Sun, April 10 in the Copper Mountain Superpipe.  

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It was Sunday in the Park for the Freeski Boys and Girls competing in the 9 and Under and 10-12 year old age groups. From the get-go, it was evident that the youngsters had been working hard all season long on their tricks.  A special shout out goes to Troy Podmilsak for throwing down the Best Trick as determined by representatives of TheHouse.com.  The young gun, who hails from Park City, UT, earned $200 for his effort.  Oh, and he also finished third in the 10-12 year old group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USASA Names Executive Director

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Mallon The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association announced that Michael Mallon will lead the USASA as the new Executive Director. The USASA was founded in 1988 by former amateur surf coach Chuck Allen with a $500 donation from Transworld Snowboard Magazine.  In 27 years the USASA has gone on to help support and encourage the youth of snowboarding and freeskiing and is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world with over 5000 members.

Mallon’s appointment came during the 2016 National Championships held at Copper Mtn. with over 1800 skiers and snowboarders competing over twelve days. Mike’s leadership and experience has the USASA poised to continue the momentum through the summer and into next year.

Mike began his relationship with the USASA in 1995 as a coach for the USASA Junior National team. As a team coach and organizer he hosted all-inclusive training camps each season, and attended five ISF Junior Worlds Championships and three Topolino events with the USASA.

In 2004 Mike was named as the Sport Committee Chairman for US Snowboarding and a served on the USSA board of directors for three consecutive terms through two Olympic cycles. In 2009 Mike served as the FIS Technical Delegate for the World Championships in Seoul, Korea. In the same year he was awarded the prestigious Westhaven award for his outstanding service as a FIS Technical Delegate. In 2010 he was also recognized for his distinguished achievement in snowboarding administration with the Anna McIntyre award.

After the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 Mike went on to serve on the USASA Executive Board for four years as the President and is currently employed at Carrabassett Valley Academy as the snowboard program director.

In addition to his volunteer involvements and running events Mike has led the top snowboard programs in the country and received recognition for these achievements three times as the “Snowboard Program of the Year.” Carrabassett Valley Academy, where Mike is currently employed, has been nominated for this esteemed acknowledgment this year.

“Snowboarding has been so good to me and I’m stoked that I am able to give back now and be right back where it all began for me with the USASA. We have an amazing group of series directors and with the help of our newly formed foundation I’m looking forward to making the USASA experience more accessible to every kid out there. Together we are going to focus on giving back to the local series that make up this amazing organization.”

Mike will be transitioning from his role at CVA after the class of 2016 graduation and will begin as the Executive director at USASA on June 1st.

USASA Benefit Banked Slalom

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The first Annual Banked Slalom Charity Competition was held on Fri (April 8) on Copper Mountain's Lower Bittersweet trail. Nearly 50 snowboarders and skiers turned out looking for bragging rights in the two run format.  All proceeds from the event benefitted USASA.

Awards, including Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented at Incline Bar & Grill following the race.