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Dunn rides for silver in Vermont

Shannon Dunn took the silver medal at the 19th annual U.S. Open Snowboard championships in Vermont last week.

Natasza Zurek of Canada won the superpipe event, which was held in Stratton March 17. Dunn placed second and American Gretchen Bleiler was third.

The snowboarding championship took place March 16 and 17 and included halfpipe, boardercross, quarterpipe and junior events.

Winners included Canada's Annie Boulanger in the quarterpipe, Zurek in the halfpipe and Lind Jacobellis in the boardercross.

Men's events were won by Terje Haakonsen (quarterpipe), Danny Kass (USA) and Scott Gaffney (Canada). Junior halfpipe winners included Lauren Whalley and Jake Blauvelt.

Graham wins state blue-belt title

Samantha Graham proved that she had the golden touch at the Colorado State Taekwondo Championships at Metropolitan State College last week.

The 19-year-old student of the Rocky Mountain Taekwondo school in Steamboat was crowned the state champion in Poomse (or forms) at the championships, which were held March 17 in Denver. She competed in the adult women's blue-belt division, which included athletes between the ages of 18 and 33.

More than 350 athletes competed in the state championships, which included forms and fighting.

In form, the athletes must complete precise moves in a specific order. The compete at the same time as another athlete and are scored by a panel of judges.

Master Rich Hodder said he was surprised by Graham's finish because she decided to compete just three weeks before the event.

The finish qualified her to go to the nationals, which will be held in Tampa, Fla., this summer.

Steamboat skaters garner triple finish

Three skaters from Steamboat Springs earned first-place finishes at the Denver International figure skating competitions.

Jamie Jones (preliminary), Jenny Spencer (pre-juvenile) and Stephanie Sleboda (juvenile) put together near flawless programs to earn first-place finishes. Sleboda and Spencer both took the gold in the freeskate. Jones was first in the compulsory, spins and freeskate.

There were 14 local skaters at the event who brought home the most medals ever for a Steamboat Springs figure skating team. See complete results, 2C.

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