Grand County athletes wear gold at USAUS National Championships
April 16, 2010
WINTER PARK – Two Winter Park athletes stood tall on the highest podium – gold in hand – at the USASA National Championships held last week at Copper Mountain.
Young skier Birk Irving of Winter Park placed first in the halfpipe and second in slopestyle.
“Birk Irving …what talent we have at such a young age on the Winter Park Freeride team,” said Jeremie Livingston, Winter Park freeride coach. “At times it was a white-out, and other times it was blowing every direction it could. This 10-year-old knew he needed to lay down his second run to up his score and get on the podium. To say the least, he had a beautiful, solid run in horrible conditions that landed him on the podium.”
Another Grand County standout was snowboarder Cindy Kleh of Grand Lake, who placed first in the overall combined for her age division 50-54 years, scoring three first places in boardercross, slalom, and giant slalom, and two second places in halfpipe and slopestyle.
Coming off a high from winning gold at the Nastar Nationals at Winter Park, Kleh entered the USASA National Championship knowing that her biggest competitor Donna Vano had held the overall title for 15 consecutive years. “Nobody thought I had a chance to take it away from her,” Kleh said.
Incidentally, Vano also is in the Guinness World Book of Records for having the most national snowboarding titles – man or woman.
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“It was an exciting ride. I had to defeat Donna in three of the five events, and she is a freestyle specialist. It all came down to GS, and despite the cold and snow, I went with a speed suit that day. I only beat her by .12 seconds over two runs (combined times),” Kleh said.
“I have a feeling she’ll be wearing a speed suit next year, even though her motto has always been ‘sideways and baggy forever.'”
Alpine athletes had a strong showing at multiple U.S. National Championships, while the Winter Park freeskiing and freeriding athletes represented with multiple trips to the podium during national championships. Also, the Winter Park athletes who attacked moguls in freestyle took home numerous medals. “Winter Park Resort would like to congratulate all athletes and coaches who put countless hours and time into this year’s competitions,” said Winter Park spokesperson Mistalynn Lee. “Winter Park was well represented across the spectrum of competitions.”
National Results of 2009/2010 Competition Season for Winter Park Athletes
provided by Winter Park Resort
National Winter Park Terrain Park and Pipe Results
USASA National Championships, Copper Mountain, April 3-9, 2010, visit http://usasa.org/
Youth Snowboarders and Skiers
Birk Irving 1st place halfpipe 2nd place slopestyle
Svea Irving 2nd place halfpipe 3rd place slopestyle
Billy Wandling 4th place halfpipe 38th place slopestyle
Heather Bremer 3rd place halfpipe 7th place slopestyle
Jillian Fowler 6th place half pipe
Freddy Silber 25th place halfpipe
Lydia Silber 2nd place halfpipe 5th place slopestyle
Sam Kaplin 33rd place halfpipe
Lyman Currier 3rd place half pipe 2nd place slopestyle
Brett Summers 44th place slopestyle
Nicole Mcnulty 16th place halfpipe 27th place slopestyle
Stephan Florian 25th place slopestyle
National Winter Park Alpine Results
US National Championship downhill, Aspen, Feb. 27, 2010
US National Championship slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom, Whiteface, NY, March 20-23, 2010
Congratulations to the four athletes representing Winter Park in Aspen and Whiteface, NY – Sarah Williams, Sean Horner, Nick Stenicka and Cody Unicume
US J2 National Championship, Sugarloaf, ME, March 2-9, 2010
Ziggy Rohloff, 10th giant slalom, which lead all Rocky Mountain Division athletes for that event
National Winter Park Freeskiing and Freeriding Results
Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships – Crested Butte, CO, Feb 17-21, 2010
Taylor Merritt 3rd junior ladies (see photo below)
Michael Martina 14th junior men
Taos Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships, Taos, NM, March 10-13, 2010
Alyssa Stowers 4th junior ladies
Jackie Murphy 5th junior ladies
Kyle Lund 7th junior men
Subaru US Freeskiing Nationals, Snowbird, UT, March 16-21, 2010
Taylor Merritt 7th junior ladies
Kelsey Barlow 8th junior ladies
Michael Martina (3rd after 1st round) 5th junior men
Andrew Binder 14th junior men
Prescott Delaware 15th junior men
Taylor Merritt, placing 3rd in Crested Butte, 2010
National Winter Park Freestyle Results
Junior Olympics, Waterville Valley, NH, March 10-14, 2010
Top 60 freestyle juniors in the nation were invited to compete
Kylie Van Hoesen 3rd place J3 women
Casey Andringa 3rd place J3 men
Brandon Cronin 12th overall (see photo below)
Branden Goldenberg 13th overall
Congrats to our Junior Olympics team from Winter Park Freestyle Team : Brandon Cronin, Branden Goldenberg, Matt Robertson, Sean Saffell, Casey Andringa, Justin Bondi, Zane Larson, Alyssa Lawson, Larissa Burg, Lauren Burg, Kylie Van Hoesen, Kellie Lawson.
US Freestyle National Championships, Squaw Valley, CA, March 23-28, 2010
Alyssa Lawson* 15th place in single moguls 5th in dual moguls
* She was the single non-US Ski Team female athlete to make it to the round of 8
Branden Goldenberg qualified 16th in dual moguls
Six Winter Park athletes qualified in the competitive moguls event – Alyssa Lawson, Larissa Burg, Brandon Cronin and Branden Goldenberg. Two young female up-and-comers qualified but are not FIS age, meaning they are too young to compete – Kellie Lawson and Lauren Burg. Watch out for these girls.
Winter Park Freestyle athlete Brandon Cronin 2010