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Younger freestylers shine at Copper

Riley Jacobs, Wiley Wagner, Liam Baxter and Cael McCarthy all had solid results from a half-pipe freestyle skiing competition at Copper Mountain on Saturday.
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Results

2 — Riley Jacobs, skier girls 10-12

5 — Liam Baxter, skier men, 13-15

6 — Wiley Wagner, skier boys 10-12

10 — Cael McCarthy, skier boys 10-12

It looked like a mismatch at times, young 10-year-olds pushing 4 feet in height skiing up and down a 22-foot half-pipe. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Tony Lodico said his young freestyle skiers stepped up to the challenge, however, performing well at their first event of the season, a United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association competition at Copper Mountain.

Results

2 — Riley Jacobs, skier girls 10-12

5 — Liam Baxter, skier men, 13-15



6 — Wiley Wagner, skier boys 10-12

10 — Cael McCarthy, skier boys 10-12



Riley Jacobs led the way, finishing second in the skier girls 10-12 division.

“That was exciting,” Lodico said. “She was only one point behind first place, and it was really neck and neck between those two for the top spot. Riley was super excited.”

Liam Baxter, the oldest local competitor, was fifth in the skier men’s 13-15 division. Then, Wiley Wagner was sixth and Cael McCarthy 10th in the skier boys 10-12 division.

“They were all facing the challenge of not having been in a pipe since last April,” Lodico said. “The kids did really well, especially the two youngest, Cael and Wiley. They tackled the challenge with all the bravado of 10-year-olds and gave it everything they had.”


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