Shaun Palmer competing at Copper Mtn.
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As an athlete who’s collected X Games gold medals in four different disciplines, Shaun Palmer knows what it takes to win.
And that’s why he likes boardercross so much.
“No judges, the fastest man down wins,” he said. “If you work hard, it’s not up to someone else’s thoughts on if you won or not.”
The sport will be on full display over the next few days at Copper Mountain, as Palmer, U.S. Olympian Nick Baumgartner and a slew of other top athletes will take part in the Krahooligan Cash Cow competition on Sunday and Monday.
The event offers a $10,000 purse, but more importantly, a chance for some of the premier riders to get some training in before the Winter X Games at the end of the month.
Boardercross courses aren’t easy to come by, and Palmer said he’s planning on hitting up Coppers’ – which is located on the Vein Glory run, under High Point lift – until he heads to Aspen with maybe a couple competition trips in between.
“I’m just trying to stand in the start gate and keep warm,” he said.
Palmer, one of the biggest names in winter action sports, has won comp titles in everything from halfpipe to snow mountain biking to ski cross, and, at 42, is still one of the top boardercross riders in the world.
He finished sixth earlier this season in a World Cup race and, a year ago, just missed out on the U.S. Olympic Team’s final snowboarding spot, which went to Baumgartner.
Palmer said the course at Copper “is looking pretty fun,” and should provide a good, fast test as he gets ready for a similar course at the X Games.
The current plan at Copper is that the course will stay up for the remainder of the season, at some point opening up to the general public, Copper public relations guru David Roth said.
The field for Sunday’s competition will consist of 80 men and 40 women, duking it out in time trials. The top-32 men and top-16 women make Monday’s finals.
The men’s winner will receive $2,000, while the top-six finishers will get checks as well. The top-four women get a payout, with the winner receiving $1,600. There will also be prize money for the fastest male ($200) and female ($100) riders in the time trials.
For more information on the race, visit http://www.rockymountainseries.com.
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