Snowboarding Team at the USASA National Championships in Copper

April 24, 2017

The Gould Snowboard Team  just returned from the USASA National Championships in Copper, CO; the largest snowboard event the world. As usual, our riders attained some incredible results!

USASA National Championships

Henry McCarthy ’18 (red bandana) never lost a heat on his way to the National Championship

For the 2nd consecutive year, a Gould rider brought home the National Championship in Boardercross for Junior Men (16-17). Last year it was Richie Hoge ’17 and this year it is Henry McCarthy ’18. Tenth grader Aerin Young ’19 landed just off the podium with a 5th place finish in Boardercross for Youth Women (14-15) in only her first year racing. Aerin also notched top 14 finishes in Giant Slalom and Slalom.

USASA National Championships

Aerin Young ’19 powers a heelside turn in GS

The future continues to look bright as eighth grade winter term athletes also stood on podiums during the week. Theo McLemore ’21 came in second for Boardercross for Youth Men (14-15) and Aidan Mahoney ’21 nailed a third place finish in Boardercross for Breaker Boys (12-13). Mahoney also finished in 16th for Slopestyle.

USASA National Championships

Aidan Mahoney ’21, red bandana, qualified 3rd fastest on the day and was seldom not leading in heats…sometimes by a lot.

In all, Gould Academy’s eight riders made 16 total starts in four separate events. Those 16 starts resulted in:

  • three podiums,

  • seven top ten results, and

  • 14 top twenty results.

USASA National Championships

Theo McLemore ’21 (green bandana) won his first 2 heats.

The snowboard coaches and I could not be any more proud of our riders. We trained hard and had a ton of fun this season. We focus on controlling what we can and on our own performances. We’re very happy that results followed! We owe a tremendous thanks to Sunday River as well for providing us with top notch training facilities that can’t be duplicated!

USASA National Championships

A big day for the team! Henry McCarthy ’18 1st in BX, Tyler Hamel 2nd in SL and Theo McLemore ’21 2nd in BX.


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