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Local riders earn top-10 finishes at Copper Mtn.

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

In the third and final regular season USASA snowboard contest, a number of Team Summit riders had impressive performances at Copper Mountain Saturday and Sunday.

With both halfpipe and slopestyle competitions both days for all age groups, the team had 12 top-10 finishes in the event.

On Saturday, Luke Emaus took first place in the youth men’s (ages 14-15) slopestyle competition.

Grady Shoop was sixth in the junior men’s category for slope, which Team Summit snowboard coach Sasha Nations called “one of the most difficult classes to compete in.”

Also in slopestyle, Sarah Khavari and Kasey Thompson finished 2-3, respectively, in the junior women’s class, and Ali Khavari was fourth for open boys’.

In halfpipe, two Team Summit riders finished inside the top-7 in their respective classes. Kate Pool was fifth for breaker girls’ (12-13), and Adam Lentz was seventh in the Menehune boys’ category (10-11).

The team’s success rolled over into Sunday’s competitions, with Ali Khavari winning his age group in the pipe, and Emaus finishing third in his. Patrick Mahoney was ninth in the junior men’s class (16-17).

In slopestyle, Pool finished fourth, while Toren Underwood was 12th in Menehune boys’ and Ben Hanson was 10th for breaker boys’.

With the regular season wrapping up with that event at Copper, many of the Team Summit riders have qualified for the season-ending USASA Nationals, which will also be held at Copper in April.

Nations said he expects at least 10 of his athletes to compete in halfpipe, slopestyle, giant slalom and boardercross.

In a field that included U.S. Olympian Faye Gulini, local rider Danielle Adams finished fifth at a Revolution Tour boardercross competition at Boreal Mountain in California. The Team Summit rider managed to negotiate Boreal’s tight course for the impressive finish.

The next stop on the Revolution Tour is at Mount Hood in Oregon March 16-18. At Hood, the competition will include halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross.


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