O'Neill and Corning win Open Class Slopestyle at USASA National Championships
All Photos: Jon Hill
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. April 2, 2015. Julianne O'Neill and Chris Corning won the Open Class Slopestyle competition at the 2015 USASA National Championships today. The event featured a field of eighty national and international athletes competing for Ticket to Ride (TTR) points as well as thousands of dollars in prize money. The event included athletes from three countries (USA, New Zealand, Australia) competing in the Copper Mountain Resort's WOODWARD Slopestyle park. Guests at the resort had great viewing from specially built, cordoned off viewing "snow-decks" on the side of the course. Jason "Jersey Jay" Christel entertained the crowd and called the action throughout the day.
Cloudy, windy conditions prevailed throughout the day. The course at Copper remained in great shape during the contest with multiple slip crews maintaining the rail and jump lines throughout the competition. Corning, who rides for Never Summer, lives in nearby Silverthorne, Colorado and posted an event high 88.83 points, exactly seven points higher than second place finisher, Bo Warren from Ipswich, Massachusetts. The Bay Stater rides in the USASA Maine Mountain Series during the months leading up to the USASAS National Championships. Third place was claimed by Central Oregon Series snowboarder, Dru Browning of Bend, Oregon. He scored 78.50 points to earn the bronze medal in the event. In the women's competition, first place was awarded to Julianne O'Neill, who rides for FLOW Snowboards. O'Neill who lives in Silverthorne, the same town as the Men's Slopestyle Champion, tallied 76.83 as her winning score. Second place finisher for the women was Kirra Kotsenburg, sister of 2014 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist in Slopestyle, Sage Kotsenburg. Kirra, who rides for Bataleon, posted 68.33, 3.33 points higher than third place finisher, Hailee Mattingley of Sandy Utah. Mattingley rides in the Big Mountain West Series and is sponsored by HEAD Snowboards.
The Slopestyle event was the last TTR Points and Prize Money, Open Class event for the snowboarders attending the 2015 USASA National Championships. Banked Slalom will feature an Open Class category with medals awarded to top performers on Friday, April 3rd. For info, please check www.usasa.org or the USASA app: m.mobile.usasa.org
The 2015 USASA National Championships is the final event of the season for USASA athletes. Over 1,900 athletes are competing in up to seven different disciplines from March 29th through April 7th at Copper Mountain. Disciplines of competition include: Snowboard Alpine Giant Slalom, Snowboard Alpine Slalom, Boardercross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Rail Jam and Banked Slalom. At the conclusion of snowboard competitions, Banked Slalom on April 3rd, the USASA and Copper host four additional days of Freeski competition featuring Skiercross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Rail Jam.
Founded by Chuck Allen in 1988, the USASA is proud to represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarding and freeskiing in the United States. USASA accomplishes this by supporting 31 series across the country that present over 500 events at more than 100 resorts throughout the season. The goal of the USASA is to promote fun, fair, and safe events while fostering a competitive spirit in the snowboard and freeski athlete community. In addition, USASA emphasizes education for coaches and competitors, and promotes an overall healthy snowboard and ski lifestyle.