Locals fare well at moguls competition


— Local freestyle skier Lauren Crawford put a scare into Voodoo on Thursday, busting down the trail in 32.68 seconds.

Crawford, who took first place at the Steamboat Open Moguls, was joined in the top 10 by two other members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's women's team.

Carly and Gina Gmeiner finished fourth and seventh places, respectively.

The Steamboat men's team fared well also, as Logan Belz came in sixth place and Brian Klem took the eighth-place spot.

Nineteen individuals competed in the women's race and 49 competitors skied in the men's race.

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team members Toby Dawson and Travis Mayer claimed the top spots in the men's competition.

Dawson was first with a time of 25.63.

Crawford hopes she can repeat her performance today at another moguls event that begins at about 10 a.m. at Voodoo.

"I felt like I skied pretty well today, much better than I did in training," Crawford said. "Just hopefully, now I can do the same thing. I'd be pretty happy with my run if I skied that again."

Carly Gmeiner, who clocked in at 38.46, contributed her performance to the support that her coaches gave her before and during the race. She was impressed at how well her teammates did, she said.

"Everyone was skiing really, really well," Gmeiner said. "I think our team overall did very well. I think our men also had a very, very strong showing."

On Saturday, the Winter Sports Club teams conclude a three-day stint by taking part in an aerial competition that begins at about 11 a.m. at Voodoo. The skiers perform upright and inverted aerials.


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