Steamboat skiers top NorAm

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Mogul skiers Eliza Outtrim and Michael Morse turned in the best NorAm performances of their careers in Killington, Vt., last week.

Now, the skiers are headed to the NorAm finals in Mont Stainte Anne in Canada, hoping for a repeat of the weekend's effort.

Morse led the men's field in the NorAm mogul event during the weekend in Killington. He scored a 25.46 on his best run to slip past Landon Gardner (24.35), a member of the U.S. Ski Team out of Montana, who finished second, and Holt Haga (24.25), of Park City, Utah, who took third in the final results.

Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Jordan Chiovarelli finished 16th in the 48-skier field.

Not to be outdone, Outtrim picked up her first NorAm victory in the women's event with a score of 23.39 on her best run. Canadian skier Jackie Brown was second, and Squaw Valley's McKenzy Golding finished third.

Steamboat's Kylie Douglas had a personal best showing and finished 10th, Carly Gmeiner was 17th, and Bekah Angoff placed 27th at the NorAm event.

"It's awesome to see those guys up on top right now," Steamboat coach Timmy Meagher said. "They are on top of their game right now."

Several Steamboat skiers also took part in a dual event Sunday.

Lake Tahoe's Shelly Robertson, a member of the U.S. Ski Team, won the event. Breckenridge's Heather McPhie was second, and Golding was third.

Outtrim placed fourth.

The NorAm is one step below the World Cup level and allows future skiing stars a chance to compete in an international format with other top skiers.

Meagher said Steamboat's finishes would be a huge confidence booster for the Steamboat skiers as they head to the finals this week in Quebec. The singles event is scheduled for Friday, and duals will take place Sunday.

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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