Steamboat skiers shine in Vail

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Steamboat mogul skiers continued to flex their muscles last weekend in Vail where they took several top spots in a Rocky Mountain Division meet.

Among the top Steamboat skiers was Caterina Mader, who placed second both days behind U.S. Ski Team member Alison Levy.

Levy outpaced the competition by six seconds on the first day using a twister spread, triple twister to wow the judges.

Mader wasn't as fast but was scored high by the judges, thanks in part to two difficult jumps. Summit County's Jordan Poyfair was third.

Steamboat Springs coach Garth Hager said Mader is the only woman performing the air package of helicopter and helicopter spread. "Her jumps really separate her from the pack," he said.

Other top Steamboat finishers on the first day included Alyssa Roche in 15th, Camille Bucci in 16th (first among J-4 skiers) and Patty Hanley in 22nd.

Sunday's open mogul event was a repeat of the opening day.

Levy led the pack, followed by Mader in second. Winter Park's Jill Norman came in third.

Steamboat's Erica Damon placed sixth, Bekah Angoff was 13th, Roche was 21st, and Hanley was 27th.

On Saturday, Eric Lehman won the junior moguls with a helicopter iron cross and a corked 720 cross.

Steamboat's Bo Randolph took fourth (second in J-2 division), followed by teammate Sam Tarrant in fifth, Nick Demetrian in sixth and Kalen Caughey in eighth.

Abe Maynard was 12th overall and first in the J-3 class, Daniel MacArthur was 19th, Nic Devos came in 20th, and Luke Kamieniecki finished 25th.

Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and U.S. Ski Team member Mike Friedberg won Sunday's open moguls. Kyle Ewing placed fourth, and Bo Randolph came in eighth.

Other top finishers included Michael Macomber in 14th, Scot Voss in 15th and Mike Casale in 19th. Steamboat's Luke Belz placed 20th, Tarrant was 21st, and Maynard was 22nd.

-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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