April 21, 2011Courtesy photos by Susan Teare
Liam Reiner, 11, competed in snowboardcross, slalom and giant slalom events at the at the 2011 United States of America Snowboard Association National Championships at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado earlier this month after qualifying in local competitions.
“I was happy to achieve my goal, because last year I didn’t qualify,” Reiner said. “This year, I was really determined to make it.”
Reiner’s top performance occurred in the slalom, where he placed 24th in his division. A member of the Smuggler’s Notch Snowboard Team, Reiner said that he would like to compete in the Championships again next year, and learned three big lessons from his debut in the sport’s largest amateur contest: “Don’t scrub speed, keep your knees bent and don’t fall,” he said. Reiner will now turn his attention to his favorite spring sport, baseball, in which he plays for the Williston Rangers.