Sports briefs: Winter Sports Club skiers make JO podiums |

Sports briefs: Winter Sports Club skiers make JO podiums

Winter Sports Club skiers make JO podiums

— Michael DeGrandis and Alissa Pinkoski led the way for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle team March 11 to 15 at the Freestyle Junior Olympics in Waterville Valley, N.H.

DeGrandis was third in the dual moguls, just ahead of Shane Johnson but behind champion Bradley Wilson and runner up Sterling Crescimanno.

Pinkoski was fourth overall in the moguls with a combined run score of 14.5. Nessa Dziemian won the event with a score of 18.12.

Pinkoski’s score placed her third among J1 skiers.

Brittany Loweree placed eighth overall in the event with a score of 12.11.

Conor Garrecht-Connelly finished fifth in the men’s halfpipe competition with a score of 36.1 behind champion Wing Tai Barrymore’s 41.1.

Garrecht-Connelly was the third-best J2 skier.

Loweree was seventh in the womens dual moguls ahead of teammate Rebecca Miller, who was eighth.

Miller was 37th in the single moguls. Audrey Young was 42nd.

Ryan Dyer was 17th in the men’s moguls. Luke Farny was 29th, DeGrandis 54th and Colton Harding 68th.

Heather Siirtola finishes Iditarod in 51st place

Former Steamboat resident Heather Siirtola finished her third Iditarod early Tuesday morning, pulling across the finish line in Nome, Alaska, at 1:35 a.m. Alaska Standard Time.

Siirtola got her start in sled dog racing nearly a decade ago, when she started working for Carol Bloodworth’s Red Dog Runner Sled Tours, which offers sled dog tours around Stagecoach Reservoir.

Since then, Siirtola has moved to Alaska to pursue her dream. She finished the race in 51st place, with 10 of the 16 dogs still pulling along the final stretch. The 1,130-mile course that took competitors through mountain ranges, down long frozen rivers and across wide-open frozen bays, took her 15 days, 11 hours and 35 minutes. Only one racer finished behind her, but 15 dropped out at various points.

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