Big air is big success
for Sun Valley
At Aspen races
By MICHAEL AMES
Express Staff Writer
The Sun Valley Freestyle team sent seven
skiers to a snowy Steamboat, Colo. for the U.S. Freestyle Junior Olympics this
Some outstanding performances included
some Sun Valley girls placing high in the Big Air competition.
Kylie Douglas finished first and teammate
Britt VanPaepeghem came in just behind as these two Sun Valley competitors
continued to dominate their J2 class. Douglas also finished in 16th place in
The biggest success story of the weekend
came from Nic Hanscom who took second in his J1 class and finished second in
overall mogul competition. In dual moguls, Hanscom placed fifth overall in a
field of over 50 skiers.
Also doing well in dual moguls were
VanPaepeghem who made it to a round of 16 in a pool of 50, and Douglas and Katie
Fieguth who each made it to a round of 32.
Competing in the halfpipe were Collin
Collins, Corey Warren and Kurtis Fieguth.
Big air was also a big success for Sun
Valley during the Utah divisionals March 2 at Olympic Park in Park City.
Ross Falcone, 13, had the second-highest
score of the day and placed third in M3. Coach Tom Kennedy said, "Ross threw a
pretty sick 10-80—the best jump I saw all day. The kid who got the best score
ahead of Ross was 20."
Sophia Schwartz was third overall and
first in F4 (11-12). Kylie Douglas and Britt VanPaepeghem placed 1-2 in F2
(15-16), and Katie Fieguth finished first in F3 (13-14).
For the boys, Corey Warren ended up third
overall and first in M2. Right behind him in M2 were Reed Boeger in second and
Kurtis Fieguth in third. Karl Fostvedt was first in M4 and Collin Collins second
M1. Placing 2-3 in M3 were Banks Gilberti and Falcone.
Among those headed to Alpine Meadows in
California for US Championship qualifying this week are Hanscom, Warren,
VanPaepeghem and Douglas. They’ll join Sun Valley’s Shane Cordeau and Christine
Once skiers qualify in moguls and dual
moguls during the March 13-16 races at Alpine Meadows, it’s up to Missoula,
Mont. for this years freestyle championships.
For the rest of the Freestyle team, there
remains some Spring Series events to be held at Park City and Deer Valley in the
last weekend of March and the first week of April.