Freestylers rock Aspen’s bumps |

Freestylers rock Aspen’s bumps

Anna Park stole the show as Steamboat Springs’ moguls skiers hit their first competition bumps of the season Saturday and Sunday at Aspen Highlands.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s freestyle moguls team traveled for two days of competition and came away with top results. None were better than Park, however, as she grabbed the top spot in Saturday’s competition.

Park, new to the Steamboat program this winter after competing in Vail, had teammates close on her heels. Jaelin Kauf was second, Olivia Giaccio, new with Park, third and Maggie Ryan seventh.

“That’s a big win for Anna,” club freestyle director Bobby Aldighieri said. “I cannot say enough about this group and their coach, Kate Blamey, who has shown these young ladies what it takes to get the job done.”

Those five women skipped Sunday’s competition to travel to Winter Park to begin preparation for this weekend’s U.S. Freestyle Team selections. World Cup starts for events in Park City, Utah, and Lake Placid, New York, will be up for grabs there.

The remaining Steamboat skiers still put on a show, however. Zach Rosa finished fifth. Landon Wendler was 14th, Ben Hoefer 16th and Tallak Myer 20th.

“We’re just scratching the surface,” Aldighieri said. “Mike Powell, our U18 coach, has been working hard with this group. He has been implementing innovative ways to get these young men to where they want to go.”

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