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Collegiate ski and board championships coming in March

— On March 8-15, Lake Placid and Wilmington will play host to the 2014 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship. The five-day long event brings together athletes from across all four disciplines of alpine Skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding as they convene in the region for competitions that will determine the top collegiate teams across the nation.

“The ORDA facilities will create a spectacular backdrop for the USCSA National Championships,” said New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) president/CEO Ted Blazer. “Individually they provide world class competitive sites and top notch event administrators fitting for this level of competition. We hope to provide a memorable experience for each and every competitor.”

Collegiate athletes representing over 75 universities across six regions will compete in 26 events within the five-day period. The event is expected to draw 34 alpine teams, 12 cross-country teams, 26 snowboard teams and 13 freestyle teams, all competing on ORDA’s venues to include Whiteface Mountain, Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the jumping complex.

Additionally, the Conference Center at Lake Placid will be used for registration and serve as the event’s headquarters for team meetings and award ceremonies.

The scholar athletes will vie for titles in giant slalom, slalom, dual slalom, cross-country sprints, cross-country relays, cross-country distance, quarterpipe, railjam, slopestyle, skiercross, snowboard cross, and jumping.

“The USCSA is excited to partner with ORDA to hold the 2014 USCSA National Championships in Lake Placid, NY. There is a great deal of excitement to have the event in Lake Placid, particularly with the prominent Olympic history in Lake Placid and this being a Winter Olympics year” remarked USCSA President Andy Rangen. “USCSA Teams compete all season, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the Championships and Lake Placid provides the athletes with a venue that they can look forward to vying for the Championship.”

The USCSA started hosting the U.S. Collegiate Skiing & Snowboarding National Championship in 1978 where the first events included only alpine and cross-country competition. The organization has since grown from that first small venue to now include over 250 alpine athletes, 80 cross-country athletes, 125 Snowboard athletes and 60 freestyle skiing athletes.

The USCSA has member schools in every geographic region of the United States, representing over 150 Colleges and Universities, as well as 5,000 members across all disciplines. For a complete listing of schools please visit uscsa.com. For complete listing of the USCSA event, log onto whitefacelakeplacid.com.

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