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“I was overjoyed when I found out I placed 5th, that was definitely the highlight of my week and the event I felt most confident in. I am so proud of my team for taking home 3rd overall in the nation, everyone really pulled their weight and it showed at the end of the week.” That’s how Kaleigh Smith of Roseland in Nelson County, Virginia described her week out in Bend, Oregon as part of the 12 UVA students that took part in the Alpine Ski & Snowboard Association Nationals. (VASST) She talked to us early Sunday evening just after touching back down at Reagan International from her flight back east.
“This year was my first time at regionals and nationals and also my first time out west! Bachelor got 3 feet of snow throughout the week and 29 inches in the first 3 days. Riding in powder like that was incredible. We did get one day of rain but it cleared up Friday and Mt.Bachelor is absolutely spectacular. I’m extremely thankful for my team and family for helping make this trip possible and was really proud to represent UVA at such a big competition,” Kaleigh continued.
Kaleigh tells us she started snowboarding in late middle school and really got into park (terrain park) in high school. She didn’t start competing until college. And what’s next? “I’ll keep going to snowflex at Liberty to keep learning new tricks during the off season and for now, hope for more snow!”
Congrats Kaleigh and the entire UVA team!