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Nevada City boarder ready to rev it up

Nevada City resident and snowboarder Mike Condon is taking the most challenging run of his life.

The 1998 Nevada Union High School graduate will be competing in the United States Snowboard Association’s Revolution Tour competition at Boreal on Saturday.

“Last year I competed at the event but in a lower division, the senior mens’ division,” Condon said. “This year I’m in the open class. Open is for pros or really good riders. If you do well in the competition, you can earn points that go toward going to Worlds and the Olympics.”



Condon will test his skill in the half-pipe, slopestyle and boardercross competitions. He is coming off a successful January 2010 competition at Boreal and Donner Ski Ranch, in which he took second place in the slopestyle and giant slalom in the senior men’s division.

“The competition is a lot more fierce in the open (division),” Condon said. “It takes time to adjust and figure out what it takes to get on the podium.”




He will be one of 50 riders competing in boardercross.

“The Rev tour is a step in the right direction for me,” Condon said.

Condon is a husband and father of two who works Monday through Friday, at Furniture by Thurston in Grass Valley, and competes on the weekend.

“This year has been crazy,” Condon said. “It has been a little rough for me. Other riders have more time to practice.”

Last year was a breakthrough season for Condon. He competed in the USASA’s Nationals at Copper Mountain in Colorado in the senior men’s division and was the overall winner. He placed first in boardercross, third in slalom, third in giant slalom, seventh in the half-pipe and fourth in the slopestyle.

“I was really, really stoked. I was excited,” Condon said. “When you do overall you compete in every discipline, I was the only one who competed in all the disciplines.”

Condon was the Sierra region’s overall winner in 2009 at Boreal, which qualified him to compete in the Nationals.

“My wife supported us last year,” Condon said. “It allowed me to practice and compete. It was pretty cool.”

He started competitive snowboarding when he was in high school at Boreal in its Friday night “Expression Sessions.” He said it was not a big deal, “you won hats, T-shirts and stuff.”

“I was sick quite a few days from school,” Condon said. “The teachers didn’t know what I was doing, I was old enough to write my own notes.”

He worked at Boreal his junior and senior years which gave him the opportunity to board 90 days in a row, while in high school.

The trail being blazed down the mountain might taken him through the trees and out of bounds at times, but his board has also carried him to the top of the podium in a sport he loves.

Scott P. Hopper is a sports writer for The Union. Contact him via e-mail at sphopper@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4231.


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