Steamboat dominates Keystone event

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Jenny Lee and Patrick Magee showcased their talents on the final day of the Return to Keystone Classic earlier this week, helping the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club sweep the slopestyle events.

"It was a really good day for our team," coach Tony Lodico said. "Both Pat and Jenny had been skiing really well, so we had some high hopes. But it's always kind of surprising when your skiers win both events."

Lee won both of the women's events, Dec. 19 in Keystone. She netted 67.6 points on her first run to beat Whitney Wicks and Hannah Smith. Lee also dominated the second event. She collected 55.6 points on her run to move past Smith, who finished in second with 42.4, and Wickes, who finished third with 24.2.

On the men's side, Magee skied past Patrick Baskins in the first event with a 720 mute grab, 180 double grab and a switch 9 mute grab that earned him 83.8 points.

Baskins was second, at 81.4 points, and Walter Wood finished third with a score of 80.2. Things were much closer on the second run, however. Magee won a tiebreaker with Wood after both skiers finished with scores of 83.8, Dustin Diller finished third, at 82.8.

Steamboat's Jonas Seiler also had a good showing in his first USSA event. He placed 15th in the first event and 20th in the second event.

The top slopestyle results came on the heel of an impressive showing by the Winter Sports Club on the mogul course.

On Saturday, Karinya Turnbull finished fifth in the women's open moguls. Heidi Kloser won the event with Lauren Rainen in second. Other top Steamboat finishes included Jessica Mader in 10th, Camille Bucci in 14th and Sierra Weir in 16th.

Kloser won a second mogul event Sunday. Top Steamboat finishers included Sierra Weir in eighth and Jessica Mader in ninth.

The men also competed in the bumps at Keystone.

John Eaton topped the first event followed closely by Kevin Hanian. Steamboat's Ryan Dyer was the top Winter Sports Club skier in the event in seventh place. He was the top J3 skier (13-14) in the event. Other Winter Sports Club skiers included Morgan Allen in 20th, Luke Kamieniecki in 25th, Dalton Lee in 32nd, Colton Harding in 33rd and Jesse Kamieniecki in 43rd.

Hanian won the second men's mogul event of the week followed by first-round winner John Eaton.

Steamboat's Luke Kam--ien--iecki just missed the podium, placing fourth. Dyer was 10th, Lee was 12th, Allen was 19th, Harding was 28th, and Jesse Kamieniecki was 35th.

"A lot of the skiers we took to these events were younger," said freestyle program director Eric Skinner. "We were very happy with the way these young athletes skied."

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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