Freestyle skiers gear up for competition |

Freestyle skiers gear up for competition

— The world’s top mogul skiers began arriving in Steamboat Springs today and will be on the slopes of Voo Doo preparing for the first event of the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand Nationals starting Wednesday.

That event, a singles mogul competition, will begin with forerunners at 9:50 a.m. and will end with the finals, which are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

While the competition is expected to come to an end at about 2 p.m., the celebration will continue Friday night with an autograph session from 5:30 to 5:55 p.m. at the Bear River Bar & Grill.

“It’s an Olympic year so all the World Cup events are going to be a little bit special,” Scott Flower said.

Flower was in charge of organizing both the freestyle and nordic opening ceremonies.

“It’s going to be a good show, so I would encourage everybody to come on out,” Flower said.

The activities will move forward at a brisk pace with a tramp exhibition, a parade of athletes, the Steamboat Springs High School marching band and fireworks. Chris Feddersen, Jim Schneider and Park Smalley will also speak at the event.

“We are going to try to hold the speeches to a minimum,” Flower said.

The evening will end with a special big air event the Nature Valley Exhibition off a kicker being built at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, and fireworks.

The World Cup events will continue Saturday with a dual mogul event on Voo Doo. Training will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The competition will begin at 10:45 a.m. with forerunners.

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