By Dash Hegeman
It was another exciting, successful and fun-filled USASA Snowboard Nationals held at Copper Mountain, Colo., March 29- April 3, 2014. Our HoliMont team’s successes are a true testament to hard work, year round conditioning, great coaching and training in “East Coast” conditions! We garnered 11 top 10 finishes, captured by five of our athletes.
Griffin Haines, 16, had his best season yet. He was the Ontario Provincial gold medalist in the Junior Men’s Bordercross and the silver medalist in the Open Men’s division for GS. This competition was held at Mount St. Louis Moonstone in late February. Griffin placed 3rd overall Alpine (U19) at the Canadian National Championships held at Mont Tremblant over spring break. Griffin began his USA National Championship’s with a huge gold medal win in Junior Men’s Bordercross (U17). He is the first HoliMont male to podium in Bordercross in 25 National Championships. Griffin then went on to win another gold medal the next day in Junior Men’s GS and finished in 8th place in Slalom.
Kaylie Buck, 13, also had a spectacular season. She captured the gold medal in GS at Ontario Provincials (U14) and went on to become the gold medalist at Canadian Nationals. Kaylie also was the bronze medalist at the Ontario Winter Games. Kaylie swept the entire WNYSS winning all eight of her races. She went on to blow the field away at the US National competition holding course times in both GS and Slalom for all women’s age groups U18. She was the gold medalist in both events.
Emme Weston, 14, won the gold medal in Youth Women’s GS. This was her first podium after five years of competition at the US Nationals. She placed 8th in Slalom. She also won gold at Provincials in GS in the Women’s 14-16 age category.
Katie Selhorst, 17, won a bronze in Slalom, raced to a 4th place finish in Bordercross and 5th place in GS at the US Nationals in the Junior Women’s category. This was her best season and she was also named team captain.
Zoe Fox raced her way to her first top 10 finish at US Nationals, placing 7th in Slalom in the Junior Women’s category. Zoe was Co-captain of the team this year.
All in all, it was a great year for the entire HoliMont Snowboard Team. Much credit must be given to the head coaches, Chris Naugle and Chris Perks, for their dedication to improving the kid’s abilities in all areas of snowboarding (Alpine, Bordercross and Slopestyle). They instilled a positive approach to competition, training and being a “good sport” in all the athletes. The team also had a strong auxiliary team of coaches and volunteers. The parents also became a “highly cohesive unit” as a result … and, of course, they all had a wonderful week in Colorado!