Belle Plaine snowboarder Max Gordon placed amongst the nation’s top competitors at the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) Nationals snowboard competition held at Copper Mountain, Colo., April 2-7. Gordon competed in the boys’ 16-17 division in Boardercross and Slopestyle. He was a top competitor in Minnesota and advanced to the national level, where he competed against top riders from around the country. Gordon claimed 29th place in the nation for his Boardercross competition and 26th place for his Slopestyle competition. He has been training hard since early September with the Midwest’s premiere snowboard team, the G Team. The G Team works with riders of all ability levels and ages in competitive and non-competitive teams. Riders get to train with experienced and professional coaches to reach their desired goals in snowboarding. For more information on USASA, visit and/or