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Local boarder finishes first

Carrigan Koski secures overall youth title

— Lex Carrigan Koski knew he was within reach heading into the final event of the World Junior Snowboarding Championships at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand last weekend.

“I knew it was close,” the 16-year-old snowboarder from Steamboat Springs said. “There were a couple of people right next to me in the points standing so I knew I needed something special if I wanted to win the title.”

Carrigan Koski had already posted top results in the Sept. 11 parallel slalom with an eighth-place finish and he backed that up with a seventh in the halfpipe on Sept. 12.

Now his hopes of winning a title rested on a single event, which was scheduled to take place on Friday, Sept. 13.

But the day was anything but unlucky for the local boarder. It just so happens the final event, boardercross, is one of his best events.

On the final day of the Junior Championships, Carrigan Koski rode onto the podium by taking third-place in the event and secured the overall youth title.

Carrigan Koski finished with 746.12 total points. He was followed by New Zealand’s Mitchell Brown, who collected 728.46 points, and Australia’s Alex Pullin, who finished with 723.17 points.

Germany’s Alex Deubl won the junior men’s division. Women’s overall winners included American Lindsey Jacobellis in the junior division and teammate Elena Hight in the youth division.

The combined title at the World Junior Championships goes to the athlete with the best results in three events the parallel giant slalom, halfpipe and boardercross.

“The overall medal is the hardest to obtain. It does not allow you to focus on one particular discipline. You have to be good at the parallel giant slalom, halfpipe and boardercross,” said snowboarding coach Mike Mallon.

“It is the best indication of a rider’s overall ability and athleticism. For Lex to medal in boardercross and qualify for the finals in halfpipe and giant slalom was an amazing feat.”

Carrigan Koski became the first local snowboarding athlete to win a world junior title.

“It was the first time I’ve been on snow all summer,” Carrigan Koski said. “But I can’t wait to get back on it this winter.”

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club executive director Rick DeVos said the accomplishment was a great thing and reflects well on the club. Not just because of the result, but also because of the image Carrigan Koski projects to an international field.

“Everybody here at the club is very proud of Lex and his accomplishment,” DeVos said. “I will look forward to seeing him around the club during training this fall. He is a great kid, with a great reputation and is a great representative of what the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is all about.”

But Carrigan Koski wasn’t the only Winter Sports Club athlete with a top result at the event. Another local boarder, Joe Eddy, just missed the podium. He finished fourth in the junior halfpipe event, which was won by fellow American Elijah Teter. Domu Narita edged Eddie out of a podium spot.


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