Akron, Ohio woman wins overall USASA National Snowboarding Championship at the sport's premier amateur competition

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Angie Crum, a Kent State University student from Akron, Ohio took first in the USASA overall competition in the highly competitive Women's "Jams" 18-22 age class, winning the overall National Championship after qualifying and competing in all five events: slope style, boardercross, slalom, giant slalom and half pipe.

When Angie Crum topped the podium at last week's U.S. Snowboarding Nationals at Copper Mountain, Co., she proudly raised her arms to form an 'O' for Ohio.

The Kent State University student and Revere High School graduate from Akron took first in the USASA overall competition in the highly competitive Women's "Jams" 18-22 age class. Crum won the overall National Championship after qualifying and competing in all five events: slope style, boardercross, slalom, giant slalom and half pipe.

Crum said the 22-foot super pipe was the most daunting of the venues, but a clean run and strong score on the last day of competition carried her to claim the overall honors in a field stacked with experienced Rocky Mountain riders. "I am so thrilled, because these are women whose names are known in snowboarding," said Crum. "They have sponsors, and I'm just a girl from Ohio who loves to ride."

Crum's fellow riders from Ohio call her "Stormtrooper" for the hard white boots she wears for Alpine racing, reminiscent of the white plastic-clad Star Wars characters.

The national championship capped a thrilling week for Crum, who returned to Colorado for the USASA competition four days after racing in the Nature Valley NASTAR Nationals, where she was awarded the silver medal for second place. "Those four days in between were very long for me, but I had to come home for classes," Crum said.

For the summer, Crum is hoping to work at High Cascade Snowboarding Camp in Oregon.

Among a group of local riders who qualified to compete in the nation's largest amateur snowboarding event, several Snow Ohio participants also medaled in racing events. The USASA national event concluded on April 13, boasting more than 1,700 snowboarding and free-skiing participants from around the world.

For more information about USASA, visit http://www.usasa.org

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