2009 Nationals Blog!
by Cat Leonaitis
The 2009 USASA Nationals started with a bang, and a strong array of mustaches thanks to the Aspen/Snowmass series that have dubbed this year the 2009 Mustachionals. The parade coincided with the snow rolling down the mountains on top of the competitors. The first series charged in with enthusiasm and clear skies, and the last series marched in flurries and the same enthusiasm as series one. Copper followed the awards ceremony with a stellar show by the Yellow BMX Riders and fireworks.
All of day one competitors battled wind and snow to get the through first rounds of competition. Though there was snow everywhere else, boardercross saw some blue and the biggest field of the week, with 161 riders throughout the day. There were some heated battles with everyone from 6 to 72 pushing to the finish. The best heat was Legend Men, with the 40-50 year old men proving they still have what it takes, probably something to do with all of the monster they drank...
Celine Valentin slayed in slopestyle beating out India Stephenson by 11 points in Junior Women. Danielle Adams took third. The girls hit the big side and technical tricks on the rail section, proving that the women's field is stepping it up.
Day two started with bluebird skies, lifting everyone's spirits. We are hoping to see a repeat of that tomorrow before another storm moves in.
Open class and PacSun rider Mimi Wiencke took home the gold in Slalom with Alexa Loo second and Erica Mueller taking bronze. Jacqueline Hernandez, also a PacSun/USASA athlete took sixth, barely missing finals by two spots, not a bad feat for a sixteen year-old.
Open Class Men saw Michael Trapp take home the gold and a check for $1000 from Slalom with Garrett Sorteberg coming in second and Anton Pogue rounding out the top three.
Day two also brought Junior men to slopestyle. Matthew Brengmen brought home first with Jonathan Locklin coming in second and Roberto Gongora coming in a close third.
Copper Mountain proved once again that they are capable of putting together world class venues, while USASA displayed that they put together some of the best events in the world.