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March 28, 2012
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USASA National Champs set for Copper next week

The 22nd annual National Championships of the USASA (United States of America Snowboard Association) are set to once again take place at Copper Mountain April 2-12. The competition is expected to attract nearly 1,800 competitors, ranging from 4-64 years of age for both snowboard and ski competitions.

This is the first year that USASA will be breaking up competitions for skiers and snowboarders to allow for the growth in both sports.

"We are looking at record-breaking attendance this year due to the separation of snowboarding and skiing. This is truly a huge step forward for our organization," says Jason Toutolmin, executive director of USASA.

The first week of competitions, starting Monday, will commence with opening ceremonies. Snowboard competition will take place in each of the five snowboard disciplines (slopestyle, halfpipe, boardercross, slalom and giant slalom) each day during the week.

Skier Nationals will follow with opening ceremonies on April 9 and competition in halfpipe, slopestyle and skiercross taking place April 10-12.

The USASA represents recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarding and freeskiing in the U.S. The organization supports 32 series across the country that put on nearly 500 events throughout the season.

The event at Copper showcases top competitors from throughout the nation, the USASA says, as well as talent in the Open Class division, which features many athletes that have competed at X Games, Grand Prix and Revolution Tour, including the 20 members of the USASA Team.

"To me, without USASA Nationals, I wouldn't be at the level that I am today. I compete in the Grand Prix, Rev Tour and U.S. Open, and returning to USASA Nationals is super fun. I love it," said USASA Team member Nick Sibayan.

- Daily News staff report


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