Marolt: A Grand event on Copper Mountain
Ryan Summerlin January 22, 2013
Copper Mountain has been a key partner for the athletes of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix confirmed that Copper Mountain is a truly world-class venue with outstanding staff and energized fans. The event drew one of the largest and most diverse elite fields these sports have ever seen.
This year marked the first-ever contested FIS World Cup that was also sanctioned as a 5Star TTR Snowboarding and Platinum AFP Freeskiing competition. Compliments abounded from athletes and fans about the competition and venue. It was an ideal place to watch Keri Herman storm to the top of the podium one year before slopestyle skiing will make its Olympic debut. Over the course of the weekend, the athletes of the USSA saw success to the tune of ten podium placements. This would not have been possible without the dedication of the outstanding Copper team, volunteers and cheering fans.
The entire Sprint U.S. Grand Prix team delivered an incredible, historic event that will be held up as an example for years to come. Copper Mountain has made such a difference in so many of our sports in the lead up to Sochi with the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper, U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Selections and so much more. On behalf of our athletes, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Copper Mountain and the Copper community for an outstanding Grand Prix weekend. Thank you for making this such a memorable event.