Freestyle athletes shine in Telluride |

Freestyle athletes shine in Telluride

With just two meets left before the Regional Championships, the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s junior freestyle team headed to Telluride to hone their skills last weekend.

“We’ve entered that home stretch,” coach Nate Bird said. “From now on, the meets are getting more and more important.”

Steamboat’s Jake Cohn, primarily a free skier, finished second in the big air event in the opening event Friday. He was the top Steamboat skier in the event, which was won by Rocky Mountain Division skier Jon Lafferty.

Steamboat’s Nicolaus Demetrian finished eighth, and Russell Ruppert came in 13th.

The skiers also took part in a halfpipe Friday. Top Steamboat skiers included Cohn in 13th, Tony Gallina in 14th and Ruppert in 16th. Casey Baskins won the event.

Jenny Rose Lee was the top Steamboat skier in the girls division of the halfpipe. She finished just behind Hannah Smith, who won the event.

On Saturday, the skiers moved to the mogul course.

“It was one of the steepest, hardest courses we’ve seen all year,” Bird said. “Our skiers handled themselves really well.”

Eric Lehman won the boys event. Steamboat’s Demetrian led the way for the Steamboat team in fourth place. Teammate Bo Randolph was eighth, and Ruppert came in 16th. Chris Hansen was 22nd, and Max Pensack placed 26th. Alex Chotvacs placed 34th, but was the top J5 skier. Camille Bucci was seventh in the girls event, and Lee placed 11th.

Jimmy Discoe topped the final mogul event of the week Sunday.

Once again, Demetrian led the Steamboat team in sixth, and Ruppert was 18th.

U.S. Ski Team member Katherine Lynch topped the girls event. Rose led the Steamboat team in eighth, and Bucci placed 11th.

The Steamboat freestyle team is scheduled to compete in events at Aspen and A-Basin the next two weeks.

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