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Hake brings medals home from USASA Nationals in Colorado

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Eric Hake of Mount Shasta with two of the USASA national championship medals he earned at Copper Mountain in Colorado April 3-9.

Who: Eric Hake, a member of the state champion Mount Shasta High School ski racing team.

What: Qualified for USASA (United States of American Snowboard Association) Nationals for 16-18 Men Skiers. (Included 1,524 competitors, ages 7 to 76, boarders and skiers from 32 regional leagues throughout the United States).

How: Competed in the USASA “Enter The Dragon” series at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore., January through March 2010. Placed 1st for 16-18 year old skier men for three events each for Halfpipe & Slope Style and 2 events for Skier Cross.

When: USASA Nationals, April 3-9, 2010.

Where: Copper Mountain, Colorado

Places earned at USASA Nationals 2010:

• 2nd place in Half Pipe,

• 2nd place in Skier Cross, and

• 6th place in Slope Style.

•erall for 16-18 skier men.

Half Pipe description: 22 feet height pipe

Eric did not have the most technical tricks, but had a clean run with extreme height (8 to 10 feet out of the pipe), while showing back to back spins, spinning both directions.

Skier Cross Description: Eric won the time trails, then proceeded to win each of the next two heats. Each heat had 4 skiers starting at the same time. The third and final heat, Eric placed 2nd.

Slope Style Description: Consisted of 3 jumps, each 35-45 feet in length, and three box/rails

What’s Next: FreeStyle Dry Land Training at Mt. Shasta Gymnastics. Eric as assistant coach with Melissa Marconi as coach. Session 1 in May. Multiple sessions during the summer and Weed Skate Park weekend family picnic sessions.

For information, contact Eric at 926-3641.

For a video of Eric in action, visit the website:?www.pinkbike.com/video/128337/

Eric Hake of Mount Shasta, right, with a second place medal at the USASA national championships at Copper Mountain in Colorado April 3-9.