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Contact: Jay Moyer

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Jackson Hole, WY. – MARCH 12th, 2019.  The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) kicked off its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championship today with the women’s Snowboard and Freeski Rail Jam, women’s Alpine Giant Slalom, men’s Skier and Boarder Cross, and a 7.5km Classic Nordic race. Competitors were treated to a beautiful bluebird day in the Teton Mountain Range, while the volunteers, officials, and course crew helped to create a great first opening day of competition. Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, Snow King Mountain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Snow King Resort are partnering to host the event, with the Jackson Hole Tourism Board as a presenting partner.

513 Collegiate athletes representing 68 universities across 6 regions will compete over a 5-day period. This championship represents the best collegiate athletes from around the country. USCSA has member schools in every geographic region of the United States. Events include Alpine Giant Slalom, Alpine Slalom, Dual Slalom, Nordic Sprints, Nordic Relays, Nordic Distance, Slopestyle, Skier Cross, Snowboard Cross, Rail Jam, Snowboard Slalom, and Snowboard Giant Slalom.  As the events unfold over next week at Snow King, please join the USCSA athletes, families and friends in celebrating this pinnacle of collegiate competition by following athlete performance either in person or online at www.uscsa.com, where team and Individual results will be posted daily.  Check in daily for live Video and Audio Feeds online at uscsa.com/broadcast.html.

At the Freeski and Snowboard venues, competition kicked off with both a men’s Skier and Boarder Cross and a women’s Freeski and Snowboard Rail Jam. Westminster College’s team won the Boarder Cross, taking home 1st, 2nd and 4th individually. In the Skier Cross events, Washington State University won the team National Championship, their first ever in the event. “It was a great event, great venue, and great people,” said Cai Yamamoto, a racer for Washington State University. “We are so thankful for the opportunities presented to us by USCSA. We couldn’t have done it without Washington State University and all of our teammates.”

On the Elk trail, the women opened the Alpine events with two runs of Giant Slalom. Sierra Nevada College won the day, taking both first and second place individually. “Today’s race was perfect! I’m really happy we got to compete in such good conditions,” said Tuesday’s individual National Champion Misel Marovt. “Thank you everyone who helped and made this possible.” Sierra Nevada College Head Coach Mihaela Kosi added, “as a coach I can't be more proud on my ladies and also on the guys who were there supporting them. Misel as a freshman showed an amazing skiing skills and mental preparedness that are outstanding. Moreover, the eagles are ready to fly high until the end of the national championships.”

Racing also began at the Trail Creek Nordic Center with a 7.5km Classic race. Clarkson University’s women’s team finished the day in 1st place, with team member Ana Witkowski also winning the individual National Championship. “Awesome start to a challenging week especially with the Clarkson ladies taking a solid first,” said head coach Jim Allott. “Teams don’t really know how they’ll matchup against the competition and so the first race provides a clue. We’re looking forward to the remaining races and seeing more Moose! Shout out to the excellent race venue and the Trail Creek Nordic Center crew!” On the Men’s side, Castleton University took home the team National Championship. On their performance, Castleton Head Coach Marty Maher said “I was pleased with how the men skied today. The snow and weather today is different than we are familiar with back in Vermont but we were able to adapt to it. Rainer Kenny and the crew from Trail Creek did a great job setting the course and running a smooth race”

USCSA is the only ski and snowboard league where colleges and universities compete and qualify for post-season competition as a team. This emphasis on team performance is a departure from the typical individual or world cup scoring format often found in skiing. Allowing entire teams to qualify for the USCSA Collegiate National Championship also allows for a greater number of competitors to attend the event, with over 245 alpine athletes, 160 freeski and snowboard athletes, and 100 nordic athletes competing this week at Jackson Hole. Teams began their quest to qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding National ChampionshipTM in their local conference competitions, held across 11 conferences spanning the nation, this December. Top teams from each conference attend one of 6 regional championships, which decide who ultimately qualifies to participate in events at the Collegiate National Championship. Results from all events can be found at www.uscsa.com.

“Today was outstanding as we had some of the best Skier and Boarder Cross action we have seen at nationals,“ said USCSA President Adam Stark. “The Alpine women showed they can take on any challenge with a very steep and aggressive course. The Nordic 7.5Km race was exciting  due the athletes spirit and enthusiasm in a picturesque location. Overall the  athletes showed the true spirit of the USCSA by cheering on their peers demonstrating what makes the USCSA exceptional! We are also excited about our new relationship with Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club and Snow King Mountain. The world class venue and competition our members are receiving are second to none.”

The USCSA is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. The USCSA believes that student-athletes of all levels and abilities should have access to quality and exciting venues of competition. USCSA athletes agree that our team orientation fosters a collaborative approach across their collegiate athletic and academic careers, and often this mentality proves indispensable in their adult lives and careers. The organization includes 180 colleges from coast to coast, fielding over 5,000 male and female, alpine, freestyle, cross-country, snowboarding and nordic ski jumping athletes in over 300 events annually.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jay Moyer at jmoyer@uscsa.com