Steamboat Springs When the Junior Olympic Championships came to a close Tuesday in Beaver Creek, Steamboat ski racer Lisa Perricone had proved why she is a rising star in the Alpine racing world.
A week of consistent finishes, including a fifth, third, ninth and first in the four Junior Olympic events held in Beaver Creek last weekend helped the J-2 skier earn the overall title in the final results.
During the four-event stretch, Perricone collected 50.59 points. That was better than Vail skiers Julia Littman, who finished second with 63 total points, and third-place skier Catherine Baskins, who recorded 70.69 points.
Perricone's teammate Jennifer Shively was seventh in the overall among the 20 athletes who were able to factor into the final results. Perricone was just one of two J-2 skiers to finish in the top-10.
Cody Jenick of Vail took top honors in the men's overall standings. Nathan Asoian a J-2 skier from Vail and Steamboat's Drew Roberts followed him in third. Roberts is also a J-2 skier and finished second in the overall in his class. Steamboat's Tyler Smedsrud was fourth in the final standings and Joel Adams was sixth and third among J-2 skiers.
Steamboat's Andrew Zoph was 17th, Jeff Brown was 22nd and Peter Zimmer was 25th. Zoph was sixth and Zimmer was eighth among J-2 skiers.