Winter Sports Club freeskiers finish season strong
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freeskiing team closed out its season earlier this month with a strong showing at the United States of America Snowboarding and Freeski Association national championships in Copper Mountain.
“We saw wonderful performances from all of our athletes with most runs landing athletes higher in the field than their qualifying positions,” coach Tony Lodico said.
Leading the way for club skiers were Cael McCarthy and Liam Baxter, who each landed on the podium in the halfpipe, the most hotly contested competition of the week.
McCarthy also placed sixth in slopestyle.
Wiley Wagner, “who showed a huge step in his mental game plan throughout the event,” in the words of Lodico, was sixth in halfpipe and 25th in slopestyle.
David Schlicht put together a strong week, making finals in halfpipe to place 12th and performing even better in slopestyle, placing seventh.
Baxter had a strong all-around event. In addition to that third-place showing in pipe, he was 13th in slopestyle and fourth in a rail jam.
Owen Taylor placed 29th in halfpipe and Logan Spiegel 34th in slopestyle.
Michael MacBlane was eighth in halfpipe and 24th in slopestyle. Alex Spiegel was 15th in halfpipe and 39th in slopestyle. Will Gossman was 24th in slopestyle and Silas Leeson 41st in slopestyle.
Charlie Green was sixth in halfpipe before leaving to compete at the Big Mountain IFSA North America Championships, the first Steamboat skier to ever qualify for both that event at the USASA Nationals.
Blake Clemente also had a strong showing in the rail jam, placing 43rd.
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