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Contact: Jay Moyer

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Jackson Hole, WY. – MARCH 13th, 2019.  The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) continued its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championship today with the women’s Skier and Boarder Cross, and men’s Snowboard and Freeski Rail Jam, men’s Alpine Giant Slalom, and a Nordic Freestyle Sprint race. Light snow fell throughout the day, but competitions and volunteers showed up to the events with great attitudes and created another exceptional 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.

On the Elk trail, men’s teams began their Alpine events with two runs of Giant Slalom. Rocky Mountain College added another team National Championship to their collection, taking first and second, and forth places individually. “What a dominant start for the Rocky boys today,” said Head Coach Jerry Wolf. “Senior Andraz Reich-Pogladic defending his title with plenty of backup from seniors and freshman alike 1-2-4-11 places for the team win (senior-freshman-senior-freshman). They weren’t going to be denied a win today.  Looking for a 4-in-a-row National alpine titles. The Bears are hungry, and it’s feeding time. It might be worth a watch come Friday.”

Nordic racing at the Trail Creek Nordic Center continued with a Freestyle Sprint race. St Olaf College’s men won their first team National Championship of the week while Castleton’s women won their second team title. “We knew that John and Andrew would be in the mix but I was pleased how Devin and Dave  skied, it was going to take all 4 to do well as a team,” said Castleton Head Coach Marty Maher. “I am very pleased how everyone is skiing since we are only in our 4th year as a Nordic Team.”

Teams continued the action at the Freeski and Snowboard venues with Westminster College’s women’s Snowboard team taking home a National Championship in Boarder Cross while Rocky Mountain College’s team won in the Skier Cross. After the event individual Skier Cross Champion Juliana Damberg said that “it was a ton of fun getting to compete in the Skier X today. My teammates and I had a blast on the fun terrain features and trying to ski faster each run. It was really fun hanging out with all the girls from different schools at the top of the course before each run and getting to cheer people on!” In Tuesday’s Rail Jam events, Sierra Nevada College’s women won the team Freeski title while Westminster College won the female Snowboard championship.

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.

“Amazing day at an amazing venue,” said USCSA Director of National Championships Andy Rangen. “Being a part of such a historic and iconic location as Jackson Hole is a distinct honor. Our athletes experienced a venue that was world class and showcased what we are all about. We look forward to what the rest of the week brings for some fierce competition and camaraderie for our athletes.”

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