Skiing on a course designed in the likeness of the 2002 Olympic freestyle venue in Utah, three members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club posted top-three finishes in the second day of the Ski Town USA Freestyle competition.
Steamboat's Caterina Mader finished second in Saturday's junior moguls competition. Teammate Kylie Douglas was third. On the boys' side, Nicolaus Demetrian placed third for the Winter Sports Club.
"The course was beautiful," Winter Sports Club freestyle coach Nate Bird said. "Everyone in the region was raving about it. The snow helps, but Timmy Meagher put up a duplicate of the 2002 Olympic course, so we are basically skiing on the same course that (Travis) Mayer got a silver."
Mayer, a member of the U.S. Ski Team, is one of Steamboat's most recent Olympic medalists.
One day after winning both aerial events, Mader finished second to Summit County's Jordan Poyfair in the junior moguls.
Mader and Douglas did helicopters on the bottom air, Mader did a double twister on her top air, and Douglas landed a twister spread on her top air.
"It came right down to the end," Bird said. "Unfortunately for Steamboat, Jordan came out on top, but we're all friends. Both (Mader and Douglas) had incredible second runs. We've been training since September, but, basically, as of this weekend, the season starts."
Demetrian threw a backflip and what Bird calls his "cookout flip" for his two airs. One is a straight backflip and the other is an off-axis flip. This season marks the first in the freestyle world that athletes are allowed to go inverted.
"It has made the sport, not that it wasn't fun to watch before, but that much more exciting," Bird said. "There are 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds going upside down. There is a lot more strategy involved with regards to the tricks you are going to do."
Telluride's duo of Joseph Discoe and Jimmy Discoe finished first and second, respectively, on the boys' side.
Steamboat's Alyssa Roche recorded a top-10 finish Saturday, and Sam Tarrant placed eighth to round out the top-10 finishers for Steamboat.
"Alyssa skied beautifully," Bird said. "Sam did really well, considering he went home for two weeks for Christmas and didn't train. He really skied strong (Saturday)."
Other finishers for the Steamboat girls were: Jenny Rose Lee (17th) and Sierra Weir (21st). Other finishers for the Steamboat boys were: Nic DeVos (16th), Luke Kamieniecki (17th), Nathaniel Chellel (20th), Alex Chotvacs (22nd), Earl L. Davis IV (23rd), Colton Harding (24th), Bo Randolph (26th), Aaron Edelman (28th), Ryan Dyer (33rd), Morgan Allen (36th), Scott Roche (37th), Mark Shenfield (40th), Max Pensack (43rd), Brian Burger (46th), Adrian Pougiales (50th) and Dalton Lee (51st).
Saturday's junior moguls (18 and younger) event was the second day of three in Steamboat's first Rocky Mountain Division meet of the winter. The competition concludes today with an open moguls race at 10 a.m. at the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex at the Steamboat Ski Area.
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