Steamboat freestylers go big at Sunday event
Steamboat skiers capture plenty of podiums on home snow
January 8, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Granted, he already had proven he was a pretty good moguls skier, winning one and placing high in several events last season. But it took Steamboat Springs 12-year-old freestyle skier Bridger Boyd only three days to implement his latest trick, and on Sunday, he was ecstatic after his "360 truck driver" spun him to the top of the podium in the J4 category of a Rocky Mountain Division Devo freestyle event at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs.
"I definitely laid down a good trick and no one else did it, so I thought I had a good chance," he said.
The trick builds on the 360 spin that's a staple at the Devo competitions, which are a venue for the youngest and most inexperienced of freestyle skiers, the J6 and J7 levels, up to those on the verge of higher stakes, J3.
As a J4 athlete, Boyd already had three years of experience, and he showed yet again that he has the skill, spinning through a 360 while grabbing his ski tips mid-air.
"I expect to do well and get top three," Boyd said about his expectations for events this season.
Boyd's win only was part of what was a big day for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestylers.
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He was one of 100 athletes who competed in the Howelsen event. Steamboat's Elizabeth Lemley, J7, and Andrew Lemley, J6, also won their divisions. Samson Schuiling came in just behind Boyd in the boy's J4 category, finishing second. Teague Burger, splitting his time between a Nordic combined event and a city tennis tournament, was second in the boys J5 division. Andy Schuiling, meanwhile, came in just behind Andrew Lemley, finishing second in the J6 division. Kenzie Radway was third in the girls J6.
"I told the kids to go big and take slight chances," said Andy Radzavich, a Winter Sports Club junior freestyle coach. "They did a great job with it."
Steamboat skiers also posted top results in a two-day moguls event at Steamboat Ski Area.
Michael DeGrandis swept the men's divisions, winning both Saturday's moguls competition and Sunday's dual moguls event.
He dueled Steamboat's Reed Snyderman in Sunday's finals, but Snyderman lost a ski after successfully landing the first jump. He combined that second-place finish with a fourth-place showing Saturday.
Steamboat's Sophia Schwartz won Sunday's women's bracket after placing seventh on Saturday. Lane Stoltzner was fifth on Sunday and third on Saturday, and Becky Miller was third on Sunday and 10th on Saturday.
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