SSWSC freeskiers place at the junior world championships |

SSWSC freeskiers place at the Junior World Championships

SSWSC athlete Riley Jacobs soars through the air on the halfpipe. Jacobs placed fifth overall in the junior world championships. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club sent two skiers to the FIS Freeski and Snowboard Junior World Championships in Leysin, Switzerland, on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Steamboat athletes Riley Jacobs, 15, and Liam Baxter, 16, represented the U.S. in the freeski halfpipe. Each were selected as one of six athletes to attend.

It was the first time that SSWSC freeskiing slopestyle coach Andy Michnay has sent athletes to Junior Worlds in his five seasons of coaching.

“Basically, Riley and Liam have been working very hard over the summer and the start of the winter and doing higher level competitions,” Michnay said. “They have been training on the hill but, off the hill, getting stronger, working on their tricks and keeping up with school and taking advantage of awesome opportunities to go and compete.”

Jacobs was the top U.S. finisher in the women’s field in fifth place. Baxter finished in 13th.

“I’m really proud of them,” Michnay said. “To see them progress in their skiing careers and try to accomplish their dreams to go as far as they can in skiing, I can’t think of better people to go and represent Steamboat in that competition.”

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