Baden sixth in season-opening Aussie event
Steamboat Springs — Late-summer snow sprinkled select Colorado peaks Tuesday.
But winter wasn’t siimply a still-distant thought on the other side of the world, however. It was a full-on reality, and on that snow, Steamboat Springs snowboarder Nik Baden rode to a strong result in his first competition of the season.
Baden, a standout in slopestyle, flew to a sixth-place finish at The Mile High snowboard and freeski event at Perisher Ski Resort in Australia. It was the first big snowboarding competition of the 2016-17 season.
The competition was unusual for the sport in that it split the rails section of slopestyle from the jumps section and scored each separately.
Baden flew high on the jumping portion, placing second in the professional field. He wasn’t quite as sharp in rails, placing 10th.
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It all added together for a sixth-place overall finish.
Swedish rider and 2014 Winter Olympian, Sven Thorgen, emerged to win the event with a score of 86.25. Marcus Kleveland, of Norway, was second at 84.17, and Seppe Smits, from Belgium, was third at 82.92. Baden scored a 70.00.
He’ll now stay in the southern hemisphere to train before returning to the United States in the fall.
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