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For the week of April 17 - 23, 2002

  Sports

Burks captures Free Ride contest

At Kirkwood March 30


Hailey native Will Burks didnít do particularly well in the first two Free Ride competitions he tackled in 2002óthe first at Whistler, B.C., Canada in January and the second at Snowbird, Utah in February.

But the 1993 Wood River High School graduate was right on the money at the North American Free Ride Championship March 28-30 at Kirkwood, Ca. Burks, 27, won the contest and a $1,500 cash prize.

He was the best of 80 contestants during the extreme skiing test. Seven judges looked at different criteria like technique, aggressiveness, difficulty of line and fluidity.

"You want to show off and let the judges know what you can do," said Burks, the 1999 national free ride king. "Being consistent is a big deal."

Each day, a different venue challenged the skiers. The first day, a 500 vertical-foot peak weeded out half the field. It got steeper the second day then Burks won the event on a 2,500-vertical-foot final-day run.

His sponsors are Dynastar, Eider, Scott USA and Leedom Helmets.

 


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