Steamboat scores medals galore at Copper |

Steamboat scores medals galore at Copper

— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders wrapped up their season with a massive medal haul at last week’s United States of America Snowboard Association Nationals at Copper Mountain.

The club grabbed 25 medals, 12 of which were gold.

“I’m really proud of how we perform athletically, but importantly, I’m proud of our kids for their positive attitudes, good sportsmanship and big smiles every day whether they had a medal or not,” Winter Sports Club snowboard director Jon Casson said in a statement.

Plenty of athletes had performances worthy of a smile.

Arielle Gold and Megan West each earned two first-place finishes in various snowboard events.

Gold was golden in the Breaker girls boarder cross and the slalom. Only a fall and a broken wrist prevented her from competing for even more medals. West, meanwhile, also won her Jams women’s slalom event and the giant slalom.

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Roger Carver won the men’s open boarder cross, and Francesca Pavillard-Cain and Amy Iredale also earned gold in the boarder and skier events.

Along with Matt Larsen’s second place and Penn Lukens, Nik Baden and Ben Paley’s third-place performances, the boarder and skier cross competitors accounted for many of the team’s top finishes.

“The SSWSC skier cross program started this year as a one day a week add-on program for some kids interested in giving the sport a try,” Casson said. “Based on our results this year, we’re definitely doing something right and hope to expand the program in 2009-2010.

“Who knows? Maybe there’s a 2014 Olympian lurking out there.”

Darren Ratcliffe won his division of the men’s giant slalom. Mike Trapp won his slalom race and was third in the giant slalom.

Skier Connor Garrecht-Connelly won the halfpipe. Mimi Wienke won the slalom and picked up a silver in the giant slalom, and Mack Joyce won his giant slalom event and was third in the slalom.

Baden, meanwhile, had two silvers to go along with his Boarder Cross third-place finish.

Paul Brichta, Erica Mueller, Carter Smalley and Sam Raine also picked up medals.

The team ended with 47 top-10 finishes.

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