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Ybarra Student Heads Off to Snowboarding Championship

Ybarra student heads off to snowboarding championship

By Juliette Funes, Staff Writer

Riley Rivera with her snowboard at Ybarra Academy of Arts and Technology in Walnut. (Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda)

Riley Rivera is all about winter extreme sports - especially snowboarding.

After living and breathing it for the past two years, she girl will get a chance to showcase her skills and release some of that adrenaline that pumps through her blood.

This week, the 6-year-old begins competing in the 22nd annual USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colo., a week-long competition for hundreds of the nation's top regional snowboarding competitors ages 4 through 64.

"I wish it could be a month. A month would be heaven," said Riley, a first-grader at Ybarra Academy of the Arts and Technology in Walnut.

Taking first place in the age 7 or younger division of the San Gabriel region, Riley got the invite to the competition two weeks ago.

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