Sports in brief for Feb. 28 |

Sports in brief for Feb. 28

Boarder impresses at World Cup in Japan

Pilot & Today Staff

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Erin Simmons put together a pair of impressive days during World Cup boardercross events in Nigata Joetsu-Kokusai, Japan, earlier this week.

The Canadian rider, who lives and trains in Steamboat Springs, had her best finish to date Friday when she placed third in an event held in heavy snow. The day before, Simmons finished seventh in a boardercross event won by red-hot American Lindsey Jacobellis of Bondville, Vt.

Jacobellis, who won both of the events in Japan, has three World Cups wins in three starts this season and is in third place in the overall World Cup standings

The American won Thursday by topping French riders Julie Pomagalski, who took second, and Marie Laissus, who finished third.

Jaconellis also won Friday’s event by beating Pomagalski in the finals. Simmons was third in that event and her teammate Dominique Maltais was fourth.

Superpipe challenge is March 13 at ski area

Special to the Pilot & Today


Skiers and riders will face the longest superpipe in North America and compete for more than $15,000 in cash and merchandise during the third annual SoBe Mavericks Superpipe Challenge to be held March 13 at the Steamboat Ski Area. The event features competitions for male and female skiers and snowboarders.

“With Mavericks Superpipe, Steamboat is able to host one of the best superpipe events in the Rocky Mountains,” said Doug La Placa, director of marketing for Steamboat. “This year’s event should draw even more competitors as the word about Mavericks spreads.”

The event will be staged in the the 48-foot-wide superpipe, which features 15-foot walls, 17-foot transitions and a quarterpipe kicker.

The SoBe Mavericks Superpipe Challenge action gets started at 11 a.m. March 13 and will feature some of the best freeriders in the nation vying for $11,000 in cash prizes and $5,000 in merchandise. Riding a pipe longer than 650 feet, competitors will execute nearly twice as many airs as in conventional superpipe and be judged on overall impression, trick difficulty, execution and amplitude.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category — men’s snowboarding, men’s skiing, women’s snowboarding and women’s skiing. Additionally, the event will feature a 15-and-younger division vying for new skis or a snowboard and other merchandise.

The entry fee is $20 and a special $29 lift ticket for contestants also will be available. All competitors must wear a helmet, and competitors 18 years and younger must have a parent’s signature on their release forms. Participants may register for the SoBe Mavericks Superpipe Challenge by calling 871-5387 or on the day of the event at the Bear River Bar and Grill at the base of the mountain in Gondola Square.

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