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Local rider brings home gold

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Local rider bringshome goldLifetime local snowboarder Steven MacCutcheon returned recently from the United States of America Snowboard Association National Championships (USASA) held in Sunday River, Maine, with two gold medals earned in two disciplines. MacCutcheon rode to first place in both Snowboard Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom (SL) events.In addition to the two gold medals, MacCutcheon grabbed the best time of the day in Giant Slalom for age classes Youth Men (14-15) and Junior Men (16-17). As a result of winning GS and SL National Championships at the USASA Nationals, he was also awarded First Place Overall Alpine Ranking.”It was a great time at Sunday River with so many top competitors there. I worked hard this season with the hopes of winning and now I’m resetting my goals. I’m thankful for my coaches, family and the many other local competitors for their support,” said MacCutcheon.MacCutcheon, 15, was born in the Vail Valley and has spent most of his time on the slopes of Beaver Creek. He lives in Eagle-Vail with his family and trains with Team Summit that offers an alpine-only snowboard race team. MacCutcheon competes in the Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS) Series in Beaver Creek, Steamboat Springs, Keystone and Breckenridge, as well as the Copper Mountain Series and the Aspen Series. In addition, he competed in USSA-FIS US Snowboard Grand Prix held in Park City, Utah, and Mt. Bachelor, Ore., USSA-FIS Continental Cup at Mammoth Mountain in California and USSA-FIS Western Regionals in Aspen, where this season he won the J2 Junior Olympics in Parallel Giant Slalom (GS) and Parallel Slalom. MacCutcheon recently landed a spot on the US Junior National Snowboard Team.For more information about MacCutcheon, visit his Web site at http://www.geocities.com/racersteven07.com or go to http://www.USASA.org for information on rational races, point accumulation and rankings.Kayak races set for April 11 on ShoshoneCARBONDALE This year’s Colorado Rocky Mountain School 39th Annual Crystal River Kayak Races will be called the Shoshone Shiver, named after the widely known Shoshone section of the Colorado River, where some races will be held.Freestyle, slalom and wildwater races will run Friday through Sunday, April 11-13.These races kick off the three-event 2003 Colorado High School Whitewater Cup. The other races will be May 3-4 in Durango and May 10-11 in Boulder. In past years, CRMS kayakers have dominated the high school cup. The reigning women’s state champ, sophomore Hanna Farrar, is a CRMS student, as is senior Mia Gaw, who placed third in women’s competition last year.”This year at the Crystal River and Shoshone races we wanted to highlight and support the whitewater park development that is happening in our area,” said Peter Benedict, kayaking coach at CRMS. “Our goal is to raise money to help install whitewater features in the parks that are being planned locally.”The expanded Shoshone Shiver and 39th Annual Crystal River Kayak Races will also feature a film festival that includes a panel to discuss river parks, plus a release party for Lunch Video Magazine’s issue No. 8.At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, the Roaring Fork Paddling Film Fest will present amateur and professional films from this region and across the country.”We hope to present the breadth of the paddling experience, with films like ‘Colorado Coolaid,’ river conservation films from the American Whitewater Association and films from many local talents.”And at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, a free party to celebrate the release of Lunch Video Magazine’s issue No. 8 will be held at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale. LVM is a quarterly video magazine about whitewater kayaking. To learn more about LVM, go to http://www.lunchmag.tv. qFor more information on the Shoshone Shiver and 39th Annual Crystal River Kayak Races and associated events, contact Colorado Rocky Mountain School at (970) 963-2562.– VT staff reports

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