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For the week of Dec 31, 2003 - Jan 6, 2004


SV Freestyle Team
gears up for season

Inverted tricks a new twist

Express Staff Writer

It starts in October with trampolines.

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Freestyle Team has been training since the fall, preparing for the high-impact requirements of running moguls all year.

Coach John Zuck is returning for his 14th year at the helm of the freestyle team he helped create in 1990. Zuck, originally from Missoula, was a professional touring and competing freestyle skier for 10 years before coming to Sun Valley.

This year Zuck is leading a relatively young team: "We lost some people to graduation, but we still have some of the older kids who went to the Junior Olympics last year," said Zuck.

Of particular note are Junior Olympic veterans like Britt VanPaepeghem (junior), Collin Collins (senior) , Corey Warren (senior), Kurtis Fieguth (sophomore) and his younger sister Katie Fieguth.

These freestylers all traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colo. last year for JOs. They form the core of Zuck’s team along with full-timers Reed Boeger, Karl Fostvedt and Sophia Schwartz who also turned in consistently outstanding results last winter.

Of those not returning, Nick Hanscom is the biggest loss. Hanscom was a two-time dual moguls champion at JOs. Another loss was Kylie Douglas who has moved to Steamboat.

Team training that began in October with the trampolines instilled "air sense and being in the air flipping and twisting," Zuck said.

It was especially pertinent this year. That’s because of one very major rule change: Inverted tricks will now be permitted on the mogul field.

This is a huge addition to an already dynamic sport. In the past, a half-inverted roll was a crowd-pleaser. This year spectators will see fully inverted front and back flips stuck right into the flow of a mogul run.

As far as Sun Valley’s highly touted and much anticipated half-pipe goes, there will be no freestyle competitions held in the home pipe this season.

The skiers have and will continue to compete in pipes around the region, but Sun Valley-hosted pipe competitions will have to wait for some time in the unknown future.

This past week, the freestyle team has been setting the mogul course through methodical skiing of a set line, building what will be their training bumps for the rest of the year.

The one home event of the year will be Jan. 17-18 on Baldy. And the team’s first competition of the 2003-04 season will be at Snowbird, Utah after New Years’ on Jan. 2-4.




Sun Valley
Freestyle Team

Freestyle team director—John Zuck (14th year).

Coaches, staff—John Zuck and Tom Kennedy (full-time team coaches); Andy Ware, Keith Potter, Justin Peterson and Geoff Unger (part-time team coaches).

Freestyle full-time team—Collin Collins, Karl Fostvedt, Austin Moses, Sophia Schwartz, Lauren Phillips, Katie Fieguth, William DuBois, Jeremy Lato, Corey Warren, North Parker, Austin Bourret, Reed Boeger, Kali Phillips, Kaylie Sheffield, Kurtis Fieguth, Chase Engelhardt, Britt Van Paepeghem and Scott Sanders. (Tuition $1,660, including on-snow sessions Tuesday through Sunday and dryland training starting in October).

Freestyle part-time team—Nathan Moses, Sierra Brand, Collin Johnson, Connor McNamara, Kroger Schwartz, Chris Clark, Paul Conn, Brian McGinnis, Bailey Malarkey, Sam Colesworthy, McKeanna Collins, Parker Page, Hannah Stevenson, Michael Emily Coiner, Trevor Brand, Alexandra Haupt, Camille Bourret, Luke Poster, Aunika Phillips, Bryce Ervin, Grace Weaver, Austin Grill, Sylvie Krekow, Jake Kaiser, Trace Page, Katie Zuck, Chloe Gordon, Taylor Lee Coiner and Hannah Haupt. (Tuition $600, non-travel team, with on-snow training on weekends, Wednesdays and on holidays).





Sun Valley Freestyle Team 2003-04 schedule

January 2-4
Intermountain Freestyle Snowbird (Utah), M/M/DM

January 8-11
Intermountain Halfpipe, Moguls Brighton (Utah)

January 17-18
Intermountain Freestyle Sun Valley, M/M/DM

January 22-24
Intermountain Night Air, Big Air Utah Olympic Park, Park City

January 30-31
Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand Nationals Deer Valley (Utah)

February 4-8
Intermountain Freestyle Deer Valley, M/M/DM/BA

February 12-16
Intermountain Freestyle Park City, M/M/DM/HP/NA

February 19-22
Intermountain Freestyle Pebble Creek, M/M/DM

February 26-29
Intermountain Freestyle Bogus Basin, M/M/DM/BA

March 3-7
Intermountain Divisional Championships Snowbird, Utah

March 11-16
U.S. National Qualifiers Alpine Meadows, Ca.

March 26-28
Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships Heavenly Valley, Ca.


NOTE—Schedule for the 2004 U.S. Freestyle Championships at Heavenly Valley near Lake Tahoe: On Friday, March 26, women’s and men’s moguls; on Saturday, March 27, women’s and men’s aerials; on Sunday, March 28, women’s and men’s dual moguls.



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