COPPER MOUNTAIN - THE PATH TO THE 2014 OYLMPICS
IOC Announces Ski Halfpipe as Olympic Sport
Copper Mountain, CO…April 7, 2011…As a founding sponsor of the Association for Freeskiing Professionals (AFP), and in association with AFP, Copper Mountain and Woodward at Copper are excited about the historic announcement earlier today from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that ski halfpipe disciplines are now Olympic sports. The news has been welcomed by athletes and fans alike as the 2010-11 competition season comes to a close.
Please see below as to how Copper Mountain and Woodward at Copper, in association with the Association for Freeskiing Professionals, can help you realize your dreams of getting to the 2014 Olympics. In short:
Copper opens 1st superpipe in North America
Copper has the first superpipe open in North America the past 6 consecutive season, which allows shredders to start off their training season in November. Copper plans to the have the first superpipe open in 2011-12 season, typically opening around Thanksgiving. This is the first in a series of events that start the path to the 2014 Olympics.
USASA Nationals at Copper
The next step on an athlete’s road to the 2014 Olympics is the USASA National Championships, an amazing event for amateur skiers and snowboarders and, to most, considered the stomping/proving grounds and first level of competition on a skier’s road to the 2014 Olympics. Typically more than 1,500 of the top amateurs from more than 35 regions around the US compete all season, and then come to Copper for Nationals at the end of the season.
USSA Grand Prix at Copper
The USSA Grand Prix is the first major halfpipe event of the season for skiers and snowboarders, as well as also serving as the first Olympic qualifier in halfpipe for the winter season, with all the top names in skiing and snowboarding competing for the coveted Olympic halfpipe spots on the US Team.
Woodward at Copper
Woodward at Copper, the raddest place on the planet, is the premier trick-stomping playground in the world. It features The Barn, a 19,400 sq. ft. comprehensive ski and snowboard freestyle training facility complete with indoor artificial snow jumps, jib lines, foam pits, skate features and Olympic fly-bed trampolines, offering indoor and outdoor training programs where you can learn tricks in the Barn and take them on snow the same day.
Woodward at Copper can assist hopeful athletes in all their steps of getting to the Olympics, because it is a year-round, snowboard and ski camp for those looking to progress their tricks, in a safer, more controlled environment. Here is how Woodward at Copper can help:
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