Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Freestyle racers take Snow Bowl by storm

Schwartz races in first World Cups

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Freestyle Team moguls skiers took Snow Bowl in Montana by storm last weekend—in rain, snow, and wind storm.

     Head SVSEF Freestyle Moguls coach Joey Cordeau said 32 mogul skiers made the trip to Missoula with most bringing home hardware and scoring their best scores ever.

     Program director Andy Ware said 32 traveling skiers comprised the largest group of freestyle skiers ever sent on the road by the SVSEF. Coach Jen Diehl added, “It was really fun for the kids and they did great. They skied well. There was a lot of camaraderie.”

     Leading the SVSEF way was Morgan Shaver with three wins, two coming in single moguls and one dual moguls. The post-grad racer, attending Utah’s Westminster College, bumped her way to a sweep in the women’s division.

     Zac Maricich Siele, a 16-year-old Wood River High junior, had the most exciting runs blowing the field away by four points in single moguls. He had two wins and finished second in dual moguls.

     Jack Rizzo, 16, posted his first career win in dual moguls, and added two sixth-place finishes in singles.

     Other top class placings:

     Single moguls: 1—Wyatt Wilson. 2—Alec Poster. 3—River Curtis. SVSEF swept F4 girls group with Addison Rafford, Katie Markthaler and Giselle Harmon.

     Class winners included Renee Shapiro, Joey Markthaler and Astrid Murray. Those SVSEF racers in the top 10 included Jack Rizzo,

     On the podium were Hunter Diehl, Alex Lafleur, Toby Rafford, Claire Siderman, Alysha Herich, Parker Nance, Rainey Wilson, Brody Buchwalter, Wilson Dunn, Tobias Verheijen and Sam Ware.

     Others making the trip were Henry Cherp, Ben Anderson, George Murray, Axel Diehl, Alex Austin,     Luke Rizzo, Aloe Orison and Devon Brown.

     Next: USSA/Intermountain Division freestyle moguls Jan. 17-19 at Deer Valley, Utah.


Sophia Schwartz places in first World Cups

     At Park City, Utah on Saturday, defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt. captured her second victory of the week in front of the huge crowd at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup in Deer Valley.

     The outcome gave Kearney her sixth straight victory on the 2002 Olympic venue.

     Five U.S. women made the top nine Saturday with seven moving onto finals and four making the superfinals.

     Former SVSEF freestyle racer Sophia Schwartz of Steamboast Springs, Co. skied in her first two World Cups this weekend, finishing seventh in each.

     The national moguls team heads to Lake Placid, N.Y. for the USANA Freestyle Cup Jan. 15 and on to Val St. Come, Quebec, Canada Jan. 19 for the last World Cups before Sochi. NBC airs coverage of Saturday night’s competition Sunday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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