Dane Jackson Wins First Title of the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games

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Things kicked off today at the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Dane Jackson stepped up big by winning the first title of the Games. We’ll be in Vail this weekend for the GoPro Mountain Games and reporting live throughout the weekend.

Dane Jackson Takes Steep Creek Title in Day One of the GoPro Mountain Games

Jackson Wins First of Nine Whitewater Events

June 4, 2015 (Vail, Colo.) – Dane Jackson lived up to the high standards of his family name today, taking top honors at the first event of the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games: The Coors Light Steep Creek Championships. Jackson is among the many athletes to watch during the four-day festival, and will continue to compete in nine other Coors Light whitewater competitions this weekend, including the Kayak Freestyle, the Down River Kayak Sprint and the Tudor Ultimate River Challenge.

In the women’s Steep Creek Championships, Nouria Newman of France edged out 14-year-old Sage Donnelly for the win. All four female competitors ran impressively clean lines through the intimidating stretch of class V whitewater on Homestake Creek.

“Last year we had a lot of swimmers, but this year we saw a lot of really clean lines and great runs,” said Clay Wright, Coors Light Steep Creek Championships announcer. “The women had zero swimmers, and there were more fast men here than we’ve had in a long time. For the men, Nick Troutman’s early lead was knocked off by paddler after paddler. It was a really close finals.”

Gerd Serrasolses of Spain took home second place in the men’s competition followed by Cole Moore from Maryland. Newman’s win was followed by Adriene Levknecht from Nevada in second place and Hayley Stuart from Denver taking home third place.

The whitewater competition moved to Vail Village in the afternoon with Freestyle qualifiers on Gore Creek. The Jack Link’s International Slackline Invitational presented by Slackline Industries also kicked off at Solaris with the best of the best competing to take home a piece of the $10,000 price purse.

KIND Adventure Village at Golden Peak opened in the afternoon with DockDogs Outdoor Big Air practice and the first few waves of preliminary competition. Children also enjoyed complimentary climbing and kayaking provided by Avid4 Adventure in the KIND Kids Adventure Village. The afternoon wound down with free yoga by Vail Vitality Center at Mountain Plaza and a group run with nine-time USA National Mountain Running Champion Joseph Gray.

The first day ended with DJ Dojah entertaining during après activities, GoPro Outdoor Reels in Mountain Plaza and a free concert by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents Run DMC Remixed.

Day two of the GoPro Mountain Games starts with free yoga in Gear Town at Solaris. Other highlights include DockDogs, the men’s and women’s Bouldering World Cup qualifier, Coors Light Raft Cross qualifiers and finals, as well as the Rocky Dog Trail Run. Families can enjoy a number of great kid-friendly, free activities such as rock climbing and kayaking at KIND Kids Adventure Village in Golden Peak. The evening will wind up with a free concert by headliner Iration with opening act Natty Vibes, in the heart of Vail Village, and the GoPro Outdoor Reels kicking off at 8pm in Mountain Plaza.

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About the GoPro Mountain Games/Vail Valley Foundation

The GoPro Mountain Games is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. The Vail Valley Foundation is a Colorado 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to enriching the Vail Valley and sustaining its unique spirit through the delivery of unparalleled arts, world class athletics and inspiring education programs throughout the community. For additional information on the GoPro Mountain Games, please visit http://www.mountaingames.com. For the Vail Valley Foundation, please visit www.vvf.org.

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