Freestyle skiers end well at nationals

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Skiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle program spent last week in hills surrounding Park City, Utah, searching for titles.

Former Winter Sports Club aerialist Ryan St. Onge overcame a snowstorm and erratic winds to win his third U.S. aerials ski title in four seasons March 25, highlighting the Winter Sports Club's results at the 2005 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships.

St. Onge netted 195.87 points for his full, double-full, full (four twists, three flips) and full, full, full (three twists, three flips) to win the overall title. Olympian Joe Pack was second at 162.65, and Dylan Ferguson was third with 158.57.

Lacy Schnoor of Utah won the women's event, with Kate Reed of Montrose placing second and Emily Cook of Massachusetts taking third. Jana Lindsey was fifth.

The championships opened March 24 with the mogul event.

Jillian Vogtli and Nathan Roberts earned the mogul titles.

Roberts, of Utah, mixed a back flip on the top air with a back flip with a cross on the bottom air to win the men's title. Jay Bowman-Kirigan of Salt Lake City was second, and Holt Haga of Boise, Idaho, was third.

Vogtli, of New York, a 2002 Olympian, combined a helicopter on the top air and a back-flip cross on the bottom air to win the event. She topped Reno's Shelly Robertson, who placed second, and Michelle Roark of Denver, who placed third.

Top Steamboat finishers in the women's event included Kylie Douglas in eighth, Caterina Mader in 21st and Carly Gmeiner in 24th. Alyssa Roche was 24th, and Jenny Lee was 38th.

The top Steamboat skier in the men's event was Eddie Keiser, who was 14th. Bo Randolph was 18th, and Sam Tarrant was 20th.

"Bo and Sam skied very well for their first nationals," coach Garth Hagar said "The whole squad performed well and enjoyed the experience."

Olympic silver medallist Travis Mayer skipped the nationals to recover from a nagging injury that will limit his training for the next eight weeks. He was not alone. World Cup moguls champion Jeremy Bloom and American teammate Luke Westerlund also missed the nationals, choosing instead to spend their time recovering from a difficult World Cup season.

"It was tough the whole way," Mayer said. "There are a lot of guys who finished the season pretty banged up."

Eliza Outtrim, who earned a spot on the U.S. Ski Team this season based on her NorAm results, did not ski Saturday after suffering a concussion in training.

The championships came to a close Saturday with the dual mogul events.

Roberts collected his second national title of the week by beating Travis Cabral in the finals. Robertson topped Roark in the women's finals.

Keiser was the top Steamboat finisher in the men's dual mogul result, placing fifth. Mader placed fifth in the women's event.

-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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