Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs' Cate--rina Mader wasted no time making a name for herself on the national freestyle skiing scene.
In her first year on the NorAm tour, Mader, 16, finished third among American women. The two who finished ahead of her -- Heather McPhie and Mckenzy Golding -- already are U.S. Ski Team members.
"It's not typical for a first-year NorAm skier," said Timmy Meagher, mogul coach with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. "This is her first year to even be eligible to be on the NorAm tour. It's absolutely awesome. Overall, her consistency throughout the whole tour was great."
Mader finished fifth in the single moguls event at the Feb. 9 competition in Killington, Vt. She had a top-10 finish at another East Coast stop on the NorAm tour, which included top American and Canadian freestyle skiers not at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Mader was a forerunner for the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held on the Voo Doo ski trail at Steamboat Ski Area. Mader can make an international impression when she competes at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Russia next week.
Winter Sports Club teammate Michael Mead placed 15th in the men's competition Feb. 9 in Killington. Christopher Gebhardt, also of the Winter Sports Club, was 23rd in a single moguls competition Feb. 3 at Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec.
Bo Randolph picked up a pair of wins during moguls races at Winter Park early this month. Randolph backed off on his airs so he could put down some cleaner runs on the bumps, Winter Sports Club freestyle coach Nate Bird said.
Randolph threw a double twister spread off the top air and a mute grab 360 on the bottom air.
"He killed it," Bird said. "It was so awesome to see."
Abe Maynard placed seventh and fourth at the same competitions.
"Abe and Bo are really having breakout years," Bird said. "They both have skied some NorAms this year already. They are growing up."
The Winter Park competition was held on the Ambush run, which is a tricky course for younger skiers, Bird said.
"It is a very good course," he added. "You kind of just fall out of the sky. It's really tough to make that transition. It separates the better skiers from the less-experienced ones."
Mead placed fifth Feb. 4 in Winter Park. Sam Tarrant was eighth. Luke Kamieniecki was 17th, as was Ryan Dyer.
"We had five of the top 10 (on Feb. 5) and four of the top 10 on (Feb. 4)," Bird said.
Camille Bucci topped the female skiers with a ninth-place showing Feb. 4. Sierra Weir and Shelby Dyer also finished in the top 15.
Tony Gallina won two slope------style competitions at the Rivergate Sport Medicine Open in Telluride earlier this month.
Gallina scored 81 points Feb. 13 and 80.6 points on his second slopestyle run to win.
The Winter Sports Club sent six skiers to the competitions. Patrick Magee picked up a runner-up and a fifth-place finish in Telluride.
Other finishers for the Winter Sports Club were Jonas Seiler (seventh, eighth), Adrian Pougiales (10th, 14th), Scott Forney (11th, 13th) and Michael Ricker (15th, 15th).
At their most recent competition Monday at Aspen Highlands, Ricker led the Winter Sports Club boys with a sixth-place finish in his first halfpipe run. He also placed seventh in his second run. Gallina was the only other rider in the top 10, finishing eighth and 10th on his two halfpipe runs.
Steamboat's girls dominated the halfpipe -- four of the five skiers were from Steamboat.
Gina Gmeiner won the first halfpipe run, scoring 73.2 points, distancing herself from teammate Camille Bucci, who was second with 61.0 points. Bucci won the second halfpipe run with 62.4 points.
Jenny Lee was third in both runs. Sierra Weir placed second and fourth at Aspen Highlands.