NEW CANAAN — Sumner Orr, a fourth-grader at East School and extreme sport junkie, placed fifth overall in the country for the Grommet age group (8 and 9 years old) at the U.S. Snowboarding and Free Ski (USASA) Nationals in Copper Mountain, Colo. earlier in April.

After a successful season boarding in the Southern Vermont series of the USASA, Orr was invited to compete in five events — half pipe, slope style, giant slalom, slalom and boarder cross.

An opening day fall in the half pipe resulted in a 32nd place finish in the event for Orr. Injured and with much ground to make up on the leaderboards, he rebounded in the second and third days, placing 21st in slope style and third place in the giant slalom, his first nationals podium.

Orr took the momentum of his bronze medal into the two final days, following up with a fifth place finish in giant slalom and an appearance in the quarterfinals of boarder cross.

The scores from each event were tallied to determine overall winners. Orr was joined by two snowboarders from the highly competitive Southern Vermont series in the top five.

justin.papp@scni.com; newcanaannewsonline.com