Mader sweeps aerial events

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Blue sky and no wind made for a nearly perfect opening day for Steamboat Spring's first Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle meet of the winter.

It was also a perfect day for local freestyle sensation Caterina Mader, who went two-for-two in her home debut.

"It was really good," Mader said. "It's a lot better than jumping in a lot of snow, because you can't see anything."

Mader nailed a triple-twister on her first jump with a double twister spread on her second to win the first event with 96.39 points. Summit County's Jordan Poyfair was second with 90.99 points, and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Jenny Rose Lee placed third with 83.16 points.

The second event was a carbon copy of the first. Mader used the same tricks to capture the second event with a score of 93.33 points. Poyfair was second with 90.99 points, and Lee finished third with 79.92 points. Steamboat's Sierra Weir finished ninth in the first competition and improved to take seventh in the second.

Mader qualified to ski in NorAm events this winter, but the 15-year-old has elected to wait and stay involved with the RMD events.

"I made NorAms, but I'm not going to do them this year because they are so expensive," Mader said. "The Rocky Mountain meets are a lot of fun, and there is just as much competition out here as there is in the NorAms."

Aspen's Jon Lafferty dominated the men's aerial events by throwing a 900 and 720 to win the first with 130.86 points.

Teammate Matt Terral was second in the first event with 109.58 points, and another Aspen skier, Sam Ferguson, was third with 109.43 points.

Top Steamboat finishers were Nathaniel Chellel in sixth, Bo Randolph in eighth, Nic DeVos in 10th, Ryan Dyer in 12th, Dalton Brett Lee in 16th, Luke Kamieniecki in 17th and Nic Demetrian in 24th.

Lafferty led another Aspen sweep in the second event.

He scored 135.41 points to win, followed by teammates Andrew Wickes in second and Christopher Schumacher in third.

Top Steamboat finishers were DeVos in sixth, Kamieniecki in 11th, Lee in 14th and Randolph in 15th.

Freestyle coach Erik Skinner was happy with the way his athletes performed in the aerial event and expects another strong showing from the Winter Sports Club skiers in today's mogul event.

The Rocky Mountain Division meet will continue with moguls today and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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