Former residents lead pack

Travis Mayer, Emiko Torito top in respective fields in Friday's competition


— Two former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers shared the spotlight Friday afternoon at the Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle Championships on Voodoo.
Travis Mayer topped the men's field in the open moguls competition and Emiko Torito topped the women's standings at the end of the day. Both skiers graduated from Lowell-Whiteman before being promoted to the ranks of the U.S. Ski Team last year.
"I just love Colorado," Torito said. "It's so nice to ski here. The snow was great and the skies were blue."
Torito scored 24.12 points on her first run of the day to set the standard for the women. Another skier with Steamboat ties, Emily Heller, made a run at Torito, but fell just short finishing in second at 23.89.
"She's skiing really well right now," Torito said of Heller. "We are really good friends and we are both wishing the best for one another."
Winter Park's Jill Norman placed third with 22.64 points and Kate Diaz came in fourth at 22.52.
Other top Steamboat finishes came from Carly Gmeiner in sixth, Erica Damon in seventh and Gina Gmeiner in ninth.
Mayer also laid down a smoking first run to take control of the men's event with a score of 27.87.
"I skied really well on my first run," Mayer said. "But then I kind of blew up in the second run."
Mayer said skiing it the Rocky Mountain Division championships was a great way to tune up for several upcoming Europa Cup events which will take place in the Czech Republic this week. The skiers are also trying to gear up for the World Junior Championships which will open next week, also in the Czech Republic.
"Those will be some big events for me," Mayer said. "It was nice to win here, but I'm really focused on sharpening my skiing for those events."
Mayer was followed by another former Winter Sports Club skier Mike Friedberg in second at 26.28 and Team Summit's Andy Musser in third with 25.70.
Steamboat's Jordan Chiovarelli, who won Thursday's junior event, had another strong showing Friday, placing fifth in a strong field. Steamboat's Logan Belz was sixth, Kyle Scoby was seventh, Jarrett Arguelles was 12th and Chris Pusey came in 13th.
The Rocky Mountain Division Championships will come to a close today with the dual mogul events on Voodoo. It will be the last of four days here in Steamboat Springs.
Mayer and Torito will not ski in the events. Both athletes will head to Denver in order to catch a flight to Europe for the start of a busy week in the Czech Republic.


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