Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Steamboat Springs Scott Vos won his first open mogul race ever Saturday, and he did it wearing a pair of Western-style riding chaps and a jock strap.
Vos' top-spot finish in the open mogul event at Mount Werner highlighted a solid performance by the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle team.
Vos netted 24.91 points on his second run to top Breckenridge skier Andy Musser in the event. Steamboat's Eddie Kaiser was third 24.22.
"It was my first win in a singles event (ever)," Voss said. "So I was pretty excited."
The 23-year-old skier laid down the top score of the day on his first run and then raised the bar another level on his second run, which included a 180-spread-180 and a double twister spread.
"Scott really stepped up it up with great top-to-bottom runs," coach Joe Kelly said.
The Winter Sports Club's Logan Belz (8th) and Mike Mead (9th) also posted top-10 finishes. Kyle Ewing was 12th, Andrew Bennett was 13th and Michael Casale was 14th.
Voss's score was the best in the 99-skier men's field at the event, but not all the news was good for the local skier. Because of a bet he made with one of his friends, Voss made his second run in Sunday's dual slalom wearing a less-than-traditional western wardrobe of chaps and a jock strap.
"I made a bet along time ago that if I was ever leading after the first run, I would make my next run in nothing but chaps and a jock strap," Voss said. "I was leading on Saturday, and I kept my word in the second run of Sunday's duals."
Lucky for him, it is was a fairly warm day on Mount Werner.
Katherine Lynch took top honors in the women's event, which featured 40 competitors. The Breckenridge skier topped Steamboat's Eliza Outtrim, who finished second, and Steamboat's Erica Damon, who was eighth.
Other local finishers were Maryann Skraba in 11th, Caterina Mader in 12th, Justine Chellel in 13th and Jennifer Meehleis in 14th.
"Eliza skied just fantastic," Kelly said. "Probably seven or eight of those top-15 girls were NorAm skiers, so it was a very deep field."
The Rocky Mountain meet came to a close on Sunday with the dual mogul event. Top local finishers in that competition included Kaiser who was third in the men's event and Outtrim who finished fifth in the women's competition.