Undefeated National Champion Myles Silverman ’19 captured his fifth snowboarding national championship at the 2020 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y., on March 13.
Both of Silverman’s runs in the slalom race were faster than the rest of the 51-person field. His first run came in at 24.86 and his second run was 25.50 for a combined 50.36.
“The experience this year was quite nerve racking as this was the last time that I’d be competing at collegiate nationals,” says Silverman. “Winning the national championship was a huge weight off my shoulders. Now I can focus my attention on the future and working toward my main goal of competing in the Olympics.”
Silverman’s father, Lee and two sisters cheered him on in Lake Placid.
“It was amazing to have them there at the finish line and be able to have a celebration dinner. I wanted to do my best to make them proud,” says Silverman, also extending gratitude to his HWS professors and administrators who “without their support I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this goal.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USCSA canceled the giant slalom event at this year’s national championship. Earlier in the season, Silverman competed in the World Cup in Switzerland. In February, he represented the U.S. at another World Cup in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
In 2019, Silverman won the national championship in both slalom and giant slalom. A five-time All-American, he was honored as one of the “Faces in the Crowd” in the April 4, 2019 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Silverman joined the U.S. Snowboard Team in 2015 and ranked among the top three male snowboarders under 20 at the FIS Junior World Championship in Yabuli, China. In 2016, he competed at the Junior Worlds in Rogla, Slovenia, and in 2017, he represented the U.S. and HWS at the World University games in Kazakhstan and the junior worlds in Klinovec, Czech Republic. In 2019, he advanced to the finals at the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia in both the parallel slalom and the parallel giant slalom, finishing 11th and 14th respectively.
Silverman is the first Statesman to win a national championship in an individual sport. He has now won five of them and concluded his collegiate snowboarding career with a perfect record at USCSA collegiate nationals, winning all five of the races that he competed in.