Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Medals for SVSEF riders at Copper nationals

Cora Kaiser, Clara Jenner


     Cora Kaiser of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team has earned silver and bronze medals on the first two days of the United States of American Snowboard Association (USASA) national championships in Colorado.

     Big Mountain West rider Kaiser, competing in the Youth Women 14-15 age class at Copper Mountain, scored 77 points on the 22-foot superpipe Sunday to finish behind only gold medalist Hannah Merson of Stowe, Vt., who scored 80.

     On Monday, Kaiser finished third in Youth Women snowboard boardercross. Action took place at the 25th annual USASA nationals, a World Snowboard Tour four-star event at Copper Mountain.

     Joining Kaiser with a silver medal in Breaker Girls 12-13 in the Copper superpipe Sunday was SVSEF competitor Clara Jenner with a score of 90.33. The gold medalist in that class was Hailey Langland (92.33), a North Tahoe Series rider from San Clemente, Ca.

     SVSEF’s Payton Bacca finished 12th in the Breaker pipe.

     Monday’s other boardercross results included Bacca fifth and Jenner sixth in Breaker Girls. In Grommet Boys ages 8-9, SVSEF’s Jack Verhaeghe has placed 11th in snowboard giant slalom and 30th in snowboard slopestyle.

     Nationals action continued Tuesday at Copper Mountain and wraps up today, Wednesday and Thursday, April 3. Nearly 200 riders are competing in the week-long event that includes 28 age divisions.

     The USASA was founded in 1988 and the first USASA national snowboard competition was staged in 1990 at Snow Valley, Ca.

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