Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Steamboat Springs Several Steamboat Springs snowboarders walked away from one of their sport's elite competitions - the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix - this weekend at Idaho's Tamarack Resort with confidence-building results. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rider Tyler Anderson qualified in sixth place to make the top-16 halfpipe finals Saturday.
Anderson nailed a pair of smooth back-to-back 720s to end his run and finish 12th.
"That's the best run he's had and his best finish at this level," SSWSC snowboard program director Jon Casson said.
Steamboat's Matt Ladley had a disappointing Grand Prix halfpipe run, but turned it around Monday with a sixth-place finish at the John Paul Mitchell Systems halfpipe at 48Straight in Squaw Valley, Calif., for the second stop on the Jeep King of the Mountain World Pro Championship tour.
In Sunday's Grand Prix snowboardcross event, SSWSC riders Mick Dierdorff and Conor Meyer qualified for the elimination finals, only to be paired against one another, and 2006 snowboardcross Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott, in the first round.
Dierdorff passed and then led Wescott through the top half of the course. Wescott regained the lead while Dierdorff and Meyer clipped boards, causing Dierdorff to fall behind.
"I've never seen someone so excited to be eliminated," Casson said of Dierdorff. "He actually said, 'holy crap, I just passed Seth Wescott,' as it was happening."
Meyer was eliminated in the quarterfinals to finish 13th while Wescott went on to win.
Casson also noted the riding from Ariel Tredway, who he said is "right in there, riding a great wave and stepping up her confidence," but missed finals qualification in the women's halfpipe.
Meanwhile, the Winter Sports Club's younger freestyle snowboard ranks were at a pair of USASA Copper Series slopestyle and halfpipe events at Copper Mountain, where the following riders won their age classes: Saturday superpipe - Joel Revo (Grommet Boys ages 8 to 9), Arielle Gold (Menehune Girls ages 10 to 11), Carter Smalley (Menehune Boys ages 10 to 11), Skylar Weir (Youth Women ages 14 to 15); Saturday slopestyle - Madeline Schaffrick (Open Class Women), Patrick Boulas (Men Jam's); Sunday slopestyle - Revo (Grommet Boys ages 8 to 9), Gold (Menehune Girls ages 10 to 11), Keegan Weekslynn (Breaker Boys ages 12 to 13), Cassandra Wagar (Youth Women ages 14 to 15); Sunday superpipe - Schaffrick (Open Class Women), Grant Murray (Youth Men ages 14 to 15), Boulas (Men Jam's ages 18 to 22).
Steamboat Pentathlon looking for volunteers
Kit Rice, sports coordinator for Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services department, still is looking for volunteers for the March 1 Steamboat Pentathlon. Volunteers can help raise funds for Young Tracks through the Starbucks Coffee Company's "Make Your Mark" program. This fundraiser helps Young Tracks - the largest child care center in Routt County - through Starbucks' monetary donation for each volunteer on the list.
Rice also reminded interested racers that registration for the 17th annual, five-stage, multi-sport winter race is offered at a discounted rate until Tuesday. The race includes alpine skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and running, with standard and short courses. Enter a team or as an individual. All entries include an event T-shirt and lunch. For a registration form, stop by the department's office on Howelsen Parkway or visit www.steamboatpentathlon.com. Call 879-4300 with questions or to add your name to the "Make Your Mark" fundraiser list.