Steamboat’s Snyderman 4th at freestyle event
Moguls skier was the only one to hit a cork 1080 all week
Steamboat Springs — Reed Snyderman would just rather go big.
The Steamboat Springs moguls skier had spent the first two days of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team selections events disappointed with his results, sticking to a smaller trick set.
But on the final day Wednesday, a dual moguls competition, Snyderman got back to being himself.
As the only skier to do a cork 1080 all week, Snyderman finished fourth Wednesday, helping him move past a tough week.
Snyderman advanced to the semifinals and looked primed to make the finals before falling on the bottom air of his last run.
“I like to push it,” said Snyderman, who skied all week with a tear in his left labrum and reinjured it on his final fall. “I’d rather do a big (1080). Lots of kids are doing (720s). It’s just a fun trick for me. I just love every minute of going big and wrapping that spin and landing it. That last one I felt like I landed it. I guess I was a little forward and just punched through.”
Zak Watkins outlasted Bryan Zemba in the finals to get the win. Bradley Wilson was third after Snyderman was unable to compete in the third- and fourth-place race because of his shoulder injury. Fellow Steamboat skiers Rob Burden and Michael Degrandis were seventh and 14th, respectively.
On the women’s side, Alexa Stein paced Steamboat with a ninth-place finish. Lane Stoltzner was 10th, and Rebecca Miller was 14th.
Australia’s Brittany Cox beat Winter Park skier Alyssa Lawson in the finals. Alison Digravio was third.
The event wrapped up a banner week for the Steamboat freestyle team. On Tuesday, Brittany Loweree and Ryan Dyer made the U.S. Ski Team after strong performances, and Degrandis and Stoltzner narrowly missed out.
“Last year, I had a building year and just couldn’t put it together,” Stoltzner said. “This year, I’m stronger. I’m really happy with the way I’m skiing.”
Outside of Loweree and Dyer, the rest of the Steamboat team now will focus on regional and NorAm events after the holidays.
Considering how well things went at selections, it’s hard not to envision a big year ahead.
“We have a super strong squad,” Steamboat freestyle coach Nate Bird said. “We lost two of our best skiers to the U.S. team, but if you’re going to lose skiers, that’s where you want to lose them to. But we’re stacked again. We’re looking for a lot of good results on the NorAm and regional tours.”
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