The final run

Steamboat's Chiovarelli falls short as Junior Olympics come to a close


— Intermountain skier Nick Hanscom topped Steamboat Springs' Jordan Chiovarelli in the final run of Saturday's duals at the Chevy Truck USA Junior Olympic Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine, to earn the last Junior Olympic title of the week.

"It wasn't as good as it could have been," Chiovarelli said on Monday while traveling through Denver International Airport. "I skied pretty well, but things just didn't go my way in the finals."

Chiovarelli said the final run in the duals was a tight battle that could have gone either way. Hanscom won out with the judges in the end, however.

It was the final event of the 2002 Junior Olympics in Sugarloaf, which included big air, aerial, singles and dual moguls events.

Hanscom finished first with a score of 30 in the final event the duals. Chiovarelli was second at 29.40 and Eastern division skier Justin Filskov was third with a score of 28.81. Steamboat's Broc Sheue was ninth in the event.

Laurel Shanley of the Far West Division won the women's dual by beating teammate Jessica Davis in the finals. Shawn Crowley of the Eastern Division was third. Mary Ann Skraba and Gina Gmeiner tied for ninth in the women's division.

On March 8, the skiers competed in the single moguls event.

Chiovarelli qualified with the top spot, but crashed in the finals to place 20th overall.

"That was a little bit rough," Chiovarelli said. "I know I could have placed higher, but that's how it goes sometimes."

Sean Breen won the event with a score of 24.47. Chris Peixotto followed him at 23.28 and Christopher Gebhardt was in third with a score of 23.03.

Steamboat's Sheue was 16th, Kyle Ewing came in 18th and Charlie MacArthur was 37th.

On the women's side, Hannah Kearney won the event with a score of 25.84, Jessica Davis was second at 23.79 and Shanley came in third at 23.22

Steamboat's Lauren Crawford posted the top local finish in fourth with a score of 23.07. Gina Gmeiner was seventh, Skraba was 15th and Patty Hanley was 32nd.

In addition to the two mogul events, local skiers also competed in an aerials event on Saturday.

Gmeiner threw a helicopter-iron cross in the second round to finish third. Skraba placed fourth.

The top Steamboat skier on the men's side was Bart Robinson in eighth place.

Most of the skiers at the Junior Olympic Champ-

ionships will now head to Boise, Idaho, to compete in a national qualifier, which will run today through Saturday. Chiovarelli and Crawford will travel to Finland for the Junior World Championships, which begin on Friday.

"It's a very big deal," Chiovarelli said of the Worlds. "It's the top skiers, 19-and-under, from around the world and it's pretty cool."

This will be Chiovarelli's second World Juniors and his first trip to Finland.


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