FRYEBURG — Mission accomplished.
Brighton Bradford, 15, of Fryeburg, came into this winter on a mission. The sophomore at Carrabassett Valley Academy in Carrabassett, Maine, wanted to win the national championship in ski cross. On April 9, the dream became a reality at the United States of America Snowboard and Freestyle Association National Championships at Copper Mountain in Frisco, Colo. She skied nearly flawlessly to win the 14-15-year-old national title.
“Two years she got bronze, last year silver and now this year she won the gold,” said Brighton’s grandfather Ronald Mallory. “It’s been a long hard road. She is following her mom’s (Ingrid Mallory) footsteps as a top skier.”
“Congrats to CVA athlete Brighton Bradford 21' she takes USASA nationals gold,” the CVA Facebook page states. “Her goal for the season was to win after just coming up short last year. On to the Noram tour next year.”
Ski cross, according to Wikipedia, is a type of skiing competition. “Despite its being a timed racing event, it is often considered part of freestyle skiing because it incorporates terrain features traditionally found in freestyle. Ski cross courses have both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features including big-air jumps and high-banked turns. What sets ski cross apart from other alpine skiing disciplines is that there's more than one skier racing down the course.”
Bradford is ranked No. 1 in the state of Maine for Class 3 girls. She finished first in all six events she entered in the Pine Tree State this winter, winning the Sugarloaf SBX 1 and SBX 2 at Sugarloaf Mountain on Jan, 12-13; Rumble at the River SBX 3 and SBX 4 at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine, on Feb. 16-17; and Boardercross 2 and Boardercross 3 at Ragged Mountain on March 2-3, in Danbury, N.H.
Competing in the USASA Nationals Group 2 SX, single course at Copper Mountain in Colo., Bradford topped a field of 14 aged 14-15-year-old skiers from across the United States in a winning time of 48.76.
Rounding out the podium were Lily Day, of Kingfield, Maine, who was second in 52.56, and Muriel Spell, of Charlotte, Vt., third, 53.82.
There were 121 competitors ranging in age from 7-59 that raced on April 9. Bradford had the second fastest time overall on the day, trailing only Lindsey LaBaugh, 13, of Avon, Colo., who posted a time of 48.04.
“CVA's ski cross program has a tremendous track record of success, including numerous World Junior Championship nominations, USASA National Championships, Nor-Am podiums, Project Gold invitations and last season two CVA Ski Cross athletes represented the US at the Youth Olympics,” the CVA website states. “Passion for the outdoors, fun, and individual successes are important motivating factors for all winter sport athletes. At CVA, we encourage our ski cross athletes to define what they are a part of and, more importantly, what they wish to get out of each experience. In outlining these steps and involving each athlete in this process they become grounded in their own personal development. Athletes may now become part of the solution for their success and enjoy the experience with a broader sense of what they are involved in.”