Beaver Creek, Colo. April 4, 2001 (USSA)¿2001 national pacesetter and spokesperson Picabo Street, along with fellow Olympians AJ Kitt, TommyMoe and Chad Fleischer, crowned over 70 skiers with gold medals and national champion titles at the 2001 Charles Schwab Nastar NationalChampionships, held March 31-April 1, at Beaver Creek Resort.
The event hosted over 650 skiers from throughout the country. Competing in several categories, national finalists participated in twointense days of ski racing for the prestigious gold medal and the title of national champion.
"The Charles Schwab Nastar National Championships is a great opportunity for recreational skiers to showcase their skills and talents in avery competitive environment," said Street, a 1998 Olympic gold medalist. "Nastar introduced me to competitive ski racing."
Charles Schwab Nastar National Championship participants qualified either via season-long resort rankings or through one of four regionalchampionships where racers earned an automatic qualification by finishing in the top three in their respective age categories at theevents.
National Pacesetter Street, along with Kitt, Moe and Fleischer, served as honorary pacesetters for the two days of competition. Racersmade two runs per day, with the best handicap time each day averaged together to provide official results after the second day ofcompetition.
"Charles Schwab Nastar is a great way to get recreational skiers involved in a fun, competitive ski racing program," said Fleischer, currentU.S. Ski Team member and 2000 Nastar official pacesetter. "The National Championships is the Super Bowl of recreational skiing."
Nastar (National Standard Race) is the world's largest recreational ski program, with nearly 4.5 million participants since 1968. Apartnership with SKI Magazine and the U.S. Ski Team, sponsors of Charles Schwab Nastar include Chevy Trucks, Yahoo! Sports Outdoors,Canon, Atomic, Marker, Briko, Tecnica, Goode, Toko, Bolle, Volkl and Boeri. Originally founded by SKI Magazine, the 32 year-old program hasbeen one of the most successful grass roots programs of its kind, reaching over 80,000 skiers annually at approximately 100 of America'stop resorts. Through the use of a handicap system similar to golf, skiers of all ages and abilities can compete with one another throughoutthe season, regardless of when and where they race.
For complete results and more information, please visit www.nastar.com.