Gmeiner rocks halfpipe

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Free skier Gina Gmeiner was happy to be back home Wednesday, and she showed it by dominating the women's halfpipe field at the Rocky Mountain Divisional.

"It was awesome to be back," Gmeiner said. "I've been gone for two weeks at other competitions, and I was glad to come back to Steamboat and see so many girls out competing in the halfpipe."

Gmeiner threw a 540 and added a 360 spin at the bottom of the pipe to earn 77.2 points from the judges. It was more than enough to win in the field of seven women.

Steamboat Springs mogul skier Camille Bucci finished in second with 55.0 points, and Kristin Walla of Aspen Valley was third.

Other Steamboat finishers included Jenny Rose Lee in fifth with a total of 42.4.

"It's great to see that many girls out," Gmeiner said. "The sport isn't always supported that well in other places, but it's nice that the Rocky Mountain Division, the judges and the other competitors support this event so well here in Steamboat."

John Spriggs of Ski Club Vail won the men's event with an 84 point ride.

Fritz Vandemark of the University of Colorado was second at 82, and Jon Wesley Lafferty was third with 76.4 points.

Steamboat skier Chris Ward came in fourth, Luke Kamieniecki came in 12th, Colin Kirkpatrick came in 15th, and Daniel MacCarthur tied for 16th. The men's field included more than 35 competitors.

Today the skiers will move to the aerial hill for day two of the Rocky Mountain Divisional. The Aerial competition is slated to start at 10:15 a.m. at the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex.

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