Loon Athletes Take Gold at USASA Championships

Over the course of the last few days, members of the Loon Snowboard and Freeride Competition Teams have absolutely dominated the competition at the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

The first few days of competition, devoted solely to snowboarding, saw several podium finishes by Loon athletes. Margot Osterman had a great week, finishing first in the Giant Slalom and Slalom. Greg Fligor also finished atop the podium in the Giant Slalom, while Pippa Scott finished second in the Slopestyle.

Pippa Scott claims her silver medal in the Slopestyle competition.
Pippa Scott claims her silver medal in the Slopestyle competition.
Greg Fligor takes the gold medal in the Giant Slalom.
Greg Fligor takes the gold medal in the Giant Slalom.
In a snowstorm, Maggie Osterman claims her Giant Slalom gold medal.
In a snowstorm, Margot Osterman claims her Giant Slalom gold medal.

Loon’s snowboarders performed exceptionally well in the first week of competition. All of Loon’s athletes finished in the top 15 of their divisions, which is an incredible feat for a national-level competition. Here’s how Loon’s snowboarders fared:

GIANT SLALOM

Margot Osterman            1st           Menehune Division

Greg Fligor                          1st           Junior Division

Allen Jarabek                     9th           Youth Division

Jessamine Young             12th         Junior Division

BOARDERCROSS

Karina Bladon                    10th         Youth Division

SLALOM

Margot Osterman        1st           Menehune Division

Allen Jarabek                     8th           Youth Division

Jessamine Young             15th         Junior Division

SLOPESTYLE

Pippa Scott                         2nd          Ruggie Division

With snowboarding week concluded, skiing competition begins this Saturday. Loon has six freeskiers competing, including Mike Hayes, Fernando Soto, Ben Hodosh, Robert von Thaden, Jack Finn, and Kyle Burati.

Loon Competition Team coaches accompanied our snowboarders to Colorado, and they’ll remain there to coach the skiers this week. Those coaches include Bryce Hanrahan, Morgan Alford, Devon Gulick, and Michael Rodrick. We thank them for their work this winter, and wish our skiers luck this week!

About the Loon Competition Team

The Loon ‘Comp Team’ program offers kids ages 7 – 17  a structured training environment for a winter of competition, including nationally sanctioned events. Loon coaches have extensive competition backgrounds and certifications through PSIA/AASI, USASA and USSA, and work with team members to promote good sportsmanship, work ethic, athleticism, and pride. For more info about the Comp Team, click here.

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