Mader, Keiser 2nd for SSWSC

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The cheers coming from the Christie chairlifts and the World Cup course on See Me could be heard at the bottom of Voo Doo.

The Park Smalley Freestyle Complex set up at the Steamboat Ski Area is in the perfect location to draw freestyle fans in and lure interested eyes toward the mogul runs.

On Sunday, the third and final day of the Ski Town USA Freestyle competition, those who turned out to watch were given quite a treat.

Summit County's Heather McPhie, 18, won the female open moguls competition, defeating hometown favorite Caterina Mader, 15. McPhie threw a backflip-iron cross off the top air and did a heli-X on the bottom air.

"Caterina does nothing but have fun when she skis," Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle coach Nate Bird said. "She was only beat by Heather McPhie. ... The girls are really coming up with new tricks, but few are going upside down."

This is the first year freestyle skiers have been allowed to go upside down. In previous years, tricks had to be off-axis. The men have taken advantage of the new rule, and the women are starting to come around.

Sunday's open moguls event was open for any skier 13 and older.

Steamboat's Eddie Keiser, 23, led the local men with a second-place finish. Telluride's Joseph Discoe won the event.

Kyle Ewing, a Denver University student, finished fourth, Scott Vos was sixth and Sam Tarrant was 10th, giving the Steamboat men four skiers in the top 10.

Kylie Douglas and Maryann Skraba, back from Colorado State University, placed in the top 10, along with Mader, for the female Steamboat freestyle skiers.

"The field was really strong," Bird said.

Other female finishers for Steamboat were: Bekah Angoff (18th), Alyssa Roche (25th) and Jenny Lee Rose (37th).

Other male finishers for Steamboat were: Earl L. Davis, IV (21st), Nic DeVos (23rd), Scott Roche (25th), Brian Lutz (27th), Nathaniel Chellel (34th), Chris Hansen (35th), Morgan Allen (36th), Aaron Edelman (37th), Colton Harding (39th), Max Pensack (43rd), Nicolaus Demetrian (44th) Mark Shenfield (46th), Dalton Lee (48th), Luke Belz (64th), Alex Chotvacs (65th), Luke Kamieniecki (66th) and Brian Adams (67th).

The Winter Sports Club freestyle skiers return to action Saturday with an open moguls competition in Aspen. On Sunday, Steamboat's skiers will take part in dual moguls. Monday is reserved for a slopestyle and halfpipe competition.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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