Steamboat’s Dyer, Loweree named to US Ski Team |

Steamboat’s Dyer, Loweree named to US Ski Team

Hannah Kearney
2010 US Freestyle Moguls Ski Team skier: Hannah Kearney

— Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls skiers Ryan Dyer and Brittany Loweree attained a goal Tues­day that each has spent the past 15 years working toward — earning sports on the U.S. Ski Team.

Thanks to solid combined results Sunday and Tuesday in the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team selections event in Steamboat Springs, Dyer and Loweree were named to the U.S. Freestyle C Team. The berths also mean they’ll get to compete in North American World Cups.

Dyer paired his second-place finish Sunday with a fifth-place finish Tuesday to earn his spot. Loweree finished second both days to earn hers.

“There is nothing better than getting the announcement you’re on the U.S. Ski Team,” said Dyer, whose season was ended by injuries last year. “I mean, the best-case scenario was the U.S. Ski Team. I started skiing and started feeling good this week. This is more than I could have hoped for. This is amazing.”

On a day when conditions were much better than Sunday — racers could at least see the course Tuesday — the suspense started building as soon as the finals started. Unlike Sunday, Tuesday’s action was mostly decided by the skiers. Even under a steady snow, times and runs were considerably better.

Kayla Snyderman dominated the women’s competition, finishing first with a score of 24.63. Loweree was second in 22.66, and Alyssa Lawson was third in 22.48.

Bryan Zemba won the men’s event with a score of 24.48. Jay Panther was second at 24.26, Zak Watkins was third at 24.11, and Steamboat’s Michael Degrandis was fourth at 23.78.

Steamboat’s contingent of skiers entered Tuesday with the possibility of four of them making the U.S. Ski Team.

In addition to Dyer and Loweree, Lane Stoltzner and Michael Degrandis each had the results Sunday to compete for a spot Tuesday.

Stoltzner narrowly missed the team, slipping on her bottom air, and Degrandis — despite his fourth-place finish — lost his spot on a tiebreaker.

Instead, the day belonged to Dyer and Loweree.

Loweree came into the event sixth in FIS points among competitors and had consistently placed in the top 10. Even after her second-place finish, Loweree wouldn’t concede that she had made the team.

“I started competing at 8-years-old,” said Loweree, now 20. “Ever since then, all I’ve ever wanted to do is win and make the team.”

Dyer always has possessed the talent, but injuries had started to derail his career. Now the 19-year-old will trade the red and black of the Winter Sports Club for a midnight blue U.S. Ski Team coat.

“It’s mind-blowing, absolutely mind-blowing,” Winter Sports Club freestyle coach Rob Day said. “We all had our thoughts that it was possible for a Steamboat athlete to make the team. Every single one of our athletes that skied here skied great. But to get two out of here — it’s just unbelievable.”

The U.S. selections event wraps up today with dual moguls. Qualification rounds begin at 9:45 a.m. at Steamboat Ski Area with the finals slated to begin at 1:15 p.m.

Kearney, Cota see strong World Cup finishes

American moguls skier Hannah Kearney continued her torrid World Cup streak, winning her second event in three tries this season. Kearney won the inaugural event in China on Tuesday, beating Canadians Jennifer Heil and Kristi Richards. Steamboat’s Eliza Outtrim failed to qualify for the finals.

On the men’s side, Steamboat Springs skier Jeremy Cota registered his best finish of the season, coming in seventh. Winter Sports Club member Pat Deneen, who led the World Cup standings entering Tuesday’s competition, did not finish.

The next World Cup is Jan. 7 in St. Johann, Austria.

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail

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