Ryder Sarchett, 14, a member of the USSA team, competed in the U16 National Performance Series (NPS) at Burke Mountain, VT, January 9-12. The series brings together the best U16 athletes from around the country and is invitation-only. As part of the National Development System, athletes are selected based on high-level results over the past season at regional and national events. According to U.S. Ski and Snowboard, which runs the project along with club coaches from across the country, “stimulating long-term growth and preparing athletes for future international competition are the overarching goals.” The top six men and women from this series are invited to represent the U.S. at the Seven Nations Cup in Malbun, Liechtenstein, February 8-9.
Ryder skied extremely well over the four-day event, finishing third in the slalom (winning one of the runs) and third in the giant slalom. Based on his performance, Ryder has been selected as one of those six U.S. athletes invited to compete in this year’s Seven Nations Cup.
“The Seven Nations Cup, hosted by a different nation in Europe each year, is a good international test for the U.S. U16 athletes, with deep competition from the strong central European nations,” explained SVSEF U16 Head Coach Chuck Harris. “This will be a great experience for Ryder, and is a well-deserved appointment.”