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Survival skills

Junior mogul skiers brave conditions to take top honors

— The top junior mogul skiers in the nation arrived at the top of the Voo Doo course for Thursday’s final round with one goal in mind — to win a Chevy Trucks Junior Olympic title.

But somewhere along the steep pitches, between the abrupt moguls and after the unsettled nerves, that goal seemed to switch to surviving — something many of the top skiers failed to do.

By the time the last cloud of kicked-up powder drifted to rest at the bottom of the hill, it was Justin Filskov and Kathryn Bodzioch who were sitting on top.

“I couldn’t really see that well,” 14-year-old skier Bo Randolph said. “I got banged around pretty good today.”

The Steamboat skier said a brief period of sun in the afternoon had softened the bumps. But by the time the top 20 men arrived at the top for their second run, the sun had retreated behind the clouds and temperatures fell. The combination left the bumps frozen and hard, which made for a rough ride back down the hill for most of the athletes.

Still, it was a ride that Filskov seemed to enjoy as he scored 26.18 points to take the title. Nick Hanscom followed him in second at 25.67 and Jordan Basile placed third at 23.80. Randolph was the top Steamboat skier in 13th place with a score of 21.84.

“I feel pretty good about my run,” Randolph said after the event. “It was fast and a lot of fun.”

His teammate Kyle Ewing, who was seeded eighth after the first run, blew out on the top air. He recovered and skied to 17th place. Teammate Jarrett Arguelles also had a bobble on his second run and placed 18th overall. Steamboat skiers not making the cut included Bart Robinson, who placed 27th, Paul Khuri, who was 42nd, and Ryan Gillespie, who finished in 45th.

The story was much the same for the women’s event, which was won by Bodzioch’s score of 24.84. McKenzy Golding followed her in second at 24.55 and Candice White took third at 24.23.

Steamboat’s Maryann Skraba led the local pack in sixth place. She had qualified in eighth in her first run.

Eliza Outtrim looked like she would finish on the podium after placing fourth in the first go, but a mistake while landing her second air cost her in the final tally. She finished eighth.

“She had a great run going,” coach Eric Skinner said. “It’s just too bad that had to happen.”

The highlight of the day, however, may have been 13-year-old Caterina Mader. Mader just made the qualifying cut by placing 20th on her first run, but she made the most of her opportunity by moving up to 11th on her second attempt of the day.

“I just had a lot of fun,” Mader said after her run. “I was a little conservative in my first run because I wanted to make the cut. But I went for it on the second run.”

Other top Steamboat finishers included Erica Damon in 17th, Jenny Lee Rose in 24th and Jennifer Meehleis in 28th.

The Chevy Trucks Junior Olympic Freestyle Championships will continue today with the aerial event at the Park Smalley Complex. The first round is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

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