Making it look easy

Lowell Whiteman's Cohn takes first

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Lowell Whiteman student Jake Cohn made it look easy.

On Wednesday, he topped a field of more than 40 of the region's top freestyle skiers by throwing a D-spin 720 and a rodeo 900 to win the big air competition at the Rocky Mountain Divisional meet.

The two tricks, completed more than 20 feet off the snowy surface below, garnered the 17-year-old skier the top score of the day at 87.6.

John Spriggs of Ski Club Vail was second at 82.8, and Jacob Iverson placed third at 80.6.

"I could have taken it easy on my second run, but I went for it," Cohn said. "I was hoping for a top-three (finish), and I am happy with the way I skied."

The event took place on the two air kickers adjacent to the Mavericks Superpipe at the Steamboat Ski Area's SoBe Terrain Park.

The skiers were greeted by blue sky and screaming fans for the afternoon event. It was the second event of the day for most of the competitors, who also took part in the halfpipe competition Wednesday morning.

"Big air is what I like to do," Cohn said. "The halfpipe is fun, but I don't have as many tricks for that."

The other top Steamboat finisher in the big air event was Daniel MacCarthur in 22nd place.

"I was stoked," Cohn said of the big air event. "It was fun, and I had a good day."

Lauren Rainen of the University of Colorado freestyle team won the girls big air event with 63.4 points.

Steamboat's Camille Bucci finished second at 62.6, and Whitney Wicks of Aspen placed third with 49.8 points.

The event was the second of six that will be held in Steamboat Springs this week as part of the divisional championships.

Today, the skiers will head to the aerial hill for the more traditional jumping competition. The competition is expected to begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Park Smalley Freestyle complex.

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