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Killington's annual Rails to Riches blends snow and money

Posted by Dan Egan December 12, 2013 09:18 PM

With $25,000 of purse money up for grabs, Killington's "Rails to Riches" competition is the marquee ski and snowboard event that kicks off the competition season in the east every year.

This is an event that mixes top North American pros against regional amateurs looking to make their mark.

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This year the crowd packed the K1 base area under the lights for the final rounds as the skiers and riders aired, flipped and twisted onto and off of the rail park. It was an extremely competitive field with more than 100 competitors traveling from all of the top resorts in North America.

The winners took home "cold hard cash" and the spectators witnessed one of the premier competitions in North America.

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Winning the women's snowboard division was Waterville Valley's Nora Healey, a 15-year-old high school student who is making her mark and launching onto the Rev Tour this winter.

Dan Egan caught up with Nora on Edging the Xtreme on Radio BDC ...

2013 RESULTS
SKIER MEN

1. Khai Krepela; Kingston, MA - $5,000
2. Dominic Laporte; Saint-Sauveur, QC - $2,250
3. LJ Strenio; Park City, UT - $1,000

SNOWBOARD MEN
1. Riley Nickerson; Kings Beach, CA - $5,000
2. Jeremy Cloutier; Blainville, QC - $2,250
3. Tim Major; Pittsfield, VT - $1,000

SKIER WOMEN
1. Jackie Kling; Lake Harmony, PA - $1,500
2. Marie Donaldson; Verdun, QC - $1,000
3. Miranda Holson; Woodstock, VT - $500

SNOWBOARD WOMEN
1. Nora Healey; Holderness, NH - $1,500
2. Lily Calabrese; Proctorsville, VT - $1,000
3. Bekah Ashley; Wilmington, NY - $500

High Fives for safety with Roy Tuscany

Posted by Dan Egan December 10, 2013 12:09 PM

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When it comes to Action Sports, athletes are accepting huge risk for huge reward.

Athletes like Shaun White have made fortunes from extreme sports, but many have ended up on the complete opposite side of the equation with massive injuries and even death.

One man stands alone on the sideline of the injured, handing out "High Fives" for recovery.

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Roy Tuscany who suffered a spinal cord injury while training in 2006 at Mammoth Mountain in California decided to pave a way for the survivors of action sports injuries from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and beyond.

In 2009, he founded the High Five Foundation to provide grants and gifts to injured athletes who need financial help during their recoveries. He doesn't stop there, and is a spokesperson for safety and most recently launched a "Helmets are Cool" campaign sponsored by the National Ski Patrol, POC Helmets , Snocru, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows.

The CR Johnson Healing Center is named after famed freeride skier CR Johnson, who was an X-Games champion and well-known skier who pioneered new tricks in and out of the half pipe. He suffered a TBI while filming a ski movie when Kye Peterson landed on CR's head after the two skiers jumped off of the same back country kicker.

Johnson died four years later attempting to revitalize his ski career at his home resort of Squaw Valley, Calif.

Listen to my interview with Roy Tuscany in the player below.

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