Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Farrington, Fostvedt dominate Huckfest

SV throws down at Jackson Hole


In Jackson Hole's regional Huckfest event this past weekend, Sun Valley regional B team riders were dominant as was skier Karl Fostvedt, who traveled separately from his freestyle team to compete in and sweep his slopestyle and halfpipe specialties.

Sun Valley riders captured first places in every event except men's slopestyle and occupied at least two places on the winners' podium in four separate events.

The Sun Valley junior girls were of particular invincibility, sweeping the slopestyle event and taking three of the top four places in the superpipe.

Kaitlyn Farrington was "on fire," according to coach Billy Olson. Farrington swept the competition, taking first places in superpipe, slopestyle and the overall competition.

"They're an amazing group of girls who all threw down this weekend," said a beaming Olson.

Tara Cappel and Katie Fiaschetti were right behind Farrington in the slopestyle competition, nabbing second and third places respectively. In the sunny superpipe, Heather Black stepped up to take fourth behind Farrington's continued domination.

Unlike Sun Valley's halfpipe's eight-foot walls, the superpipe at Jackson Hole has 17-foot walls and a far wider and gentler transition zone, providing both the height for greater air and the safety of a larger, more gently sloped landing zone.

Kenny Ballou, 13, and Scott Pike, 15, took advantage of what the superpipe offered as they too took the top two podium spots in men's halfpipe. Karl Fostvedt took home gold in slopestyle, halfpipe and the overall freeskiing competition, matching Farrington's performance and sealing a Sun Valley sweep of the overall.

Next weekend, the snowboard B regional team travels to Tamarack and Bogus Basin resorts for the Idaho Winter Games.

Huckfest results:

Junior men's halfpipe: 1—Kenny Ballou. 2—Scott Pike. Junior women's halfpipe: 1—Kaitlyn Farrington. 2—Tara Cappel. 4—Heather Black. Junior women's slopestyle: 1—Farrington. 2—Cappel. 3—Fiaschetti.




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