Each year USSA selects a handful up an coming athletes from the various competitive disciplines of snowboarding and invites them to participate in its Project Gold Camps. Project Gold Camps take hand picked athletes and hand picked coaches and puts them together in an exclusive training environment to help their progression and move them one step closer to a spot on the US Team for the Olympics.
This year 5 Team Utah members were selected for Project Gold for boardercross, as well as Snowbird Chapter head coach Lane Clegg.
The Project Gold Boardercross Camp took place at Mt. Hood on a private boardercross track as well as the public areas of the mountain for freeriding.
To have one team member selected for Project Gold is quite an honor, but to have 5 selected… ….well, let’s just say we must be doing something right.
“Gold Camp was an amazing experience, plain and simple. Being picked as one of the 30 best riders in the nation to go ride at Mt. Hood for a week with some of the U.S. Snowboard Team and being coached by some of the industries top riders was epic. Not a lot of people can say that they got coached by Ross Powers and Graham Watanabe for a week in BX, and the fact that I can say that I can is pretty rad. I learned more in a week than I have an entire season, new ideas were always cool to hear and even cooler to try out. I will take those ideas and skills with me in my snowboarding career and I thank Team Utah for preparing me for such a fantastic trip that I will never forget.” -Tristan Clegg, Team Utah member and Project Gold Participant
The Team Utah riders who attended this year’s Project Gold Boardercross camp were Hunter Wilson, Caleb Lacey, Alyssa Dolgin, Cole Shreiber, and Tristan Clegg.