Freestylers dominate at Winter Park

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— With two meets now behind them, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club junior freestylers are gearing up for a moguls competition at Vail Jan. 28.

The freestyle team, which comprises nearly 25 members, competed at a moguls competition at Winter Park Sunday, where 11-year-old Abe Maynard stole the show with a first-place overall finish in the boys competition.

"It wasn't real easy," said Maynard, who finished with a score of 15.86 to place No. 1.

The freestylers, who opened their season with an aerial meet at Howelsen earlier this year, had a number of other members who did considerably well at Winter Park.

One of those individuals was 9-year-old Camille Bucci, who placed first in her age group and eighth overall out of 23 skiers. Bucci said she liked the course even though it was not the most challenging that she had skied on before.

"I think it was a nice course, not my favorite one though," Bucci said. "The moguls weren't too big and the jumps weren't very big either."

Jenny Lee placed second in her age group and second overall, and Luke Kamieniecki was first in his age group and fifth overall.

Kamieniecki, who is 10 years old, said the competition at Winter Park was somewhat fierce.

"I thought a couple of them (skiers) were pretty good competition," Kamieniecki said. "They had the best form I had seen in a long time."

Matt Kane, head coach of the junior freestyle team, said he felt his group was the strongest team at Winter Park.

"We've kind of been working on fundamentals all season," Kane said. "We had a chance to showcase that (at Winter Park).

"I'm definitely proud of the kids," he said. "I'm glad they did so well."

The team next competes at Vail on Jan. 28 in a moguls competition that is part of a freestyle junior development series.

The competition begins at about 10 a.m.

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