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Mika Kizuka

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Mika Kizuka
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Personal information
NationalityAsian-American
Born (2002-01-22) January 22, 2002 (age 19)
Mission Viejo, California
ResidenceSinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Home townMission Viejo, California
Alma materWilson High School (Pennsylvania)
Lehigh University
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportAlpine Snowboarding
Rank138
Event(s)Parallel Giant Slalom
Parallel Slalom
ClubSki Roundtop Racing Club
TeamUnited States Snowboard Racing Team
Turned pro2017
Coached byNeil Sunday

Jeff Carr

Davis Buckwalter

Mika Kizuka (born January 22, 2002) is an American professional alpine snowboarder.[1] Kizuka is an athlete for the United States Snowboard Racing Team[2] and the Ski Roundtop Racing Club located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[3] She has represented the United States of America at the 2019 International Ski Federation Snowboarding Junior World Championships.[4] She has also qualified to represent the United States of America at the 2020 International Ski Federation Snowboarding Junior World Championships before it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Early life[edit]

Kizuka was born on January 22, 2002 in Mission Viejo, California. When she was two years old, her parents Makoto Kizuka and Carrie Kizuka and sister Kaiya Kizuka moved to Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. Mika was taught how to snowboard at a young age of two years old by her parents.[citation needed] She and her sister, Kaiya, learned how to snowboard at Bear Creek Ski and Recreation Area. Kizuka competed at her first amateur snowboarding competition in 2012[5] under the United States Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) in the Mid-Atlantic Series. KIzuka later joined her current racing organization, the Ski Roundtop Racing Club (SRRC) located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2013-14. In 2014, she attended her first USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain and ended 10th for Parallel Slalom[5] and 14th for Parallel Giant Slalom.[5] Kizuka competed at her first professional and international race in 2017[1] and has continued to compete in International Ski Federation sanctioned parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom events.

Education[citation needed][edit]

Kizuka attended the Goddard School of Wyomissing before attending Green Valley Elementary in the Wilson School District. She then attended Wilson West Middle School and then Wilson High School (Pennsylvania). In high school, Kizuka participated in the high school marching band for fives years (starting in eighth grade), with three years apart of the drumline and two years as drum major. She also participated in regional and state level Technology Student Association competitions. In her senior year, Kizuka was nominated for the Berks' Best performing arts award and was a finalist for the computer science award.[6] Kizuka is currently attending Lehigh University.[7] to earn an Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts, and Sciences (IDEAS).[8] After earning her Bachelors of Science, Kizuka plans to earn a Master's degree in mechanical engineering or computer science and to enter the work force as a mechanical engineer, computer scientist, or a product designer.

Major snowboarding results[edit]

All USASA results can be found at USASA.org. All FIS results can be found at fis-ski.com

Event Date Place Event Name Location
4/1/2014 10 USASA Nationals Slalom Copper Mountain
4/2/2014 14 USASA Natinals Giant Slalom Copper Mountain
3/29/2015 7 USASA Nationals Slalom Copper Mountain
4/1/2015 5 USASA Nationals Giant Slalom Copper Mountain
4/3/2016 8 USASA Nationals Slalom Copper Mountain
4/7/2016 7 USASA Nationals Giant Slalom Copper Mountain
4/2/2017 3 USASA Nationals Slalom Copper Mountain
4/6/2017 20 USASA Nationals Giant Slalom Copper Mountain
12/9/2017 7 NorAm Giant Slalom Howelsen Hill
12/10/2017 8 NorAm Slalom Howelsen Hill
12/15/2017 13 NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
12/16/2017 8 Junior NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
12/16/2017 11 NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
12/17/2017 13 NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
2/1/2018 20 NorAm Giant Slalom Holiday Valley
2/2/2018 18 NorAm Giant Slalom Holiday Valley
4/1/2018 4 USASA Nationals Slalom Copper Mountain
4/5/2018 3 USASA Nationals Giant Slalom Copper Mountain
12/8/2018 11 NorAm Giant Slalom Howelsen Hill
12/9/2018 16 NorAm Slalom Howelsen Hill
12/14/2018 18 NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
12/15/2018 7 Junior NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
12/15/2018 16 NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
12/16/2018 16 NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
1/3/2019 11 NorAm Giant Slalom Le Relais
1/4/2019 12 NorAm Giant Slalom Le Relais
2/28/2019 16 NorAm Giant Slalom Holiday Valley
3/1/2019 15 NorAm Giant Slalom Holiday Valley
3/4/2019 18 NorAm Giant Slalom Blue Mountain
3/5/2019 15 NorAm Slalom Blue Mountain
4/2/2019 40 FIS Junior World Championships Giant Slalom Rogla
4/3/2019 36 FIS Junior World Championships Slalom Rogla
12/20/2019 16 FIS Slalom Buck Hill
12/20/2019 9 Junior NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
12/21/2019 15 NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
12/22/2019 18 NorAm Slalom Buck Hill
1/10/2020 10 FIS Giant Slalom Tremblant
1/23/2020 14 NorAm Giant Slalom Steamboat Springs
1/24/2020 10 NorAm Slalom Howelsen Hill
1/25/2020 10 FIS GiantSlalom Howelsen Hill
2/3/2020 12 NorAm Giant Slalom Holiday Valley
2/4/2020 14 NorAm Giant Slalom Holiday Valley

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "KIZUKA Mika - Athlete Information". www.fis-ski.com.
  2. "USSRT | Meet the team".
  3. "ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Brady Mason – Mika Kizuka – Ski Round Top Race Club".
  4. "Snowboard & Freestyle Teams Announced for 2019 Junior World Championships". U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "USASA: Member Details: Mika Kizuka". www.usasa.org.
  6. ssmith@readingeagle.com @RESusanSmith, Susan Miers Smith. "Berks' Best 2020 Computer Science finalists". Reading Eagle.
  7. "Mask Off Episode One: Mika Kizuka - The Brown and White". October 16, 2020.
  8. "Integrated Engineering, Arts, Sciences Program at Lehigh University". www.lehigh.edu.


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