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  1. Win earns Healey bragging rights, a spot in the finals and many incredible prizes including flight vouchers to the Trans Am finals in Park City, Utah.

    Waterville Valley, January 18, 2013: Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers Snowsports Educational Foundation (WVBBTS/SEF) and the Waterville Valley Academy proudly announce results of the 2013 Trans World SNOWboarding Trans Am presented by Skullcandy at Waterville Valley that took place on Saturday, January 5, 2013. 
    Waterville Valley Academy’s own Nora Healey, a native of Holderness, NH, took first place among girls entered in the competition. Nora, a first year student-athlete at the academy is an accomplished competitor who has what it takes to get to the top in her sport. Evidence of this is clearly seen by the fact that Nora competed in this event with a broken wrist. At age 14, Nora was competing against girls up to age 25. Nora is clearly a force to be reckoned with. Last season, she competed in 15 USASA events and placed 1st in 12; 2nd in 2, and 4th in 1. 
    “I first saw Nora freeriding at Waterville last year and I immediately knew that she had natural talent,” Pete Thorndike, WVBBTS Snowboard Director said. “At that point I approached Nora and invited her to ride with us. Since then, Nora has been one of the best kids to work with as she is extremely coachable. She processes what the coaches say and translates it directly into her riding.“ Fearless, free-spirited, upbeat and energetic are how her coaches describe her. It’s likely that Nora will be entering her first U.S. Snowboarding Revolution tour on February 1st – 3rd in Seven Springs, PA. 
    “When Pete approached me on the mountain last year, I was really excited. I was lucky to get a spot in the WVBBTS weekend program with some help from BBTS. This year my sister, Colleen, my brother, Kevin, and I are all at Waterville Valley Academy. We’re here all week with classes for half a day and then get training on the mountain the other half. I’ve learned so much more this year with Greg and Pete and have really improved,” Nora said. “I broke my wrist two weeks before the TransAm and thought I was done for the season. But my coaches eased me back into training, my wrist was recast, and I was so happy to be able to compete. I felt I had placed in the competition, but when my name was called as the first place winner I was so excited! I want to do really well in Park City and my goal for this season is to master a 540!”

    Stay-tuned for more on Nora Healey, an up and coming snowboarder, and updates on other exceptional BBTS/WVA student-athletes! 


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