Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SVSEF’s Kennedy wins Rail Jam at USASA finals

Freeski nationals at Copper Mountain

Justin “Juice” Kennedy of Boise and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation celebrates his Rail Jam victory Saturday at Copper Mountain, Co. Courtesy photo

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Freeski competitor Justin “Juice” Kennedy of Boise had a nice run and a big payday of $1,000 Saturday night at Copper Mountain, Co.

     Kennedy scored 1,270 points in the Rail Jam and won the 20-racer Open Skier Men’s class on the first day of the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) national free ski championships. He placed first by a full 115 points.

     On Monday, Kennedy made the finals and placed sixth of 47 Open Skier Men’s competitors with a score of 74.17 in the Skier Slopestyle event. Another SVSEF entrant, Trevor Hattabaugh of Boise, also made the Open Skier Men’s finals and placed 10th overall Monday.

     In his first visit to the USASA nationals, 10-year-old Harper Mallet of the SVSEF finished sixth overall of 44 riders with a score of 84.33 in Skier Boys Ages 10-12 halfpipe competition on Sunday.

     Will Griffith, another Big Mountain West racer from the SVSEF, placed eighth overall of 45 competitors in the Skier Boys Ages 13-15 halfpipe on Monday. Griffith also competed in Sunday’s slopestyle event.

     Skier nationals wrapped up Tuesday at Copper Mountain.

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