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Contact: Jay Moyer

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Jackson Hole, WY. – MARCH 14th, 2019.  The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) entered the third day of its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championship today with the men’s and women’s Skier Slopestyle, men’s and women’s Snowboard Alpine Slalom, and women’s Alpine Slalom. Tuesday’s storms gave way to yet another bluebird day at Snow King, with great competition yet again at all three venues. 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.

Alpine Skiers moved over to the Bighorn trail to start the Slalom portion of the USCSA Collegiate National Championships. With yet another dominant performance, Sierra Nevada College’s women won their second Team event National Championship by sweeping the podium with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place individually. Slalom individual National Champion Misel Marvot said that, “sharing a podium with two of my teammates felt the best. I’m really happy we got a chance to race and win together! It feels amazing. Thank you!” Head Coach Mihaela Kosi also added that “the ladies just made a history, therefore I am speechless. They all have showed strong performances and we are very excited for the men's slalom event. Through the week the eagles has been real teammates and I couldn't be more proud on them.”

Snowboard Alpine athletes began their competition on the Elk trail with the Snowboard Slalom. Westminster College showed why they are the team to beat this year, winning both men’s and women’s team National Championships. “The Westminster Griffins have been really stepping up to the national competition this week,” said Head Coach Sara Beaudry-Wiltse. “We have been working as a team and supporting each other to bring out our best riding and it has been a ton of fun. With six team championships under our belt so far this week, we are excited to enter the last two days of competition and see what we can do.”

At the Slopestyle venue, Sierra Nevada College also continued their stellar performances for the week, winning both the men’s and women’s freeski Slopestyle team titles. Sierra Nevada College’s freeski Head Coach Cole Lyon said, “I'm super happy with how everyone performed. Each individual athlete did the best they could with what they had and that's what counts in our sport. The best part about the whole thing is just having fun with not only the members of your own team but with kids from around the country!”

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.

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