Steamboat Springs Eight years ago, Shane Anderson began telemark skiing. Four years ago, he thought he might be able to be the best. Two years ago, he knew it was a distinct possibility. Last week, it became a reality.
Anderson won the men's overall elite title at the 2008 U.S. Telemark National Championships in Tamarack, Idaho. He finished first in the giant slalom, classic and sprint events to take home the title.
"It feels good to reach one of my goals," Anderson said. "It's been a lot of hard work."
Anderson wasn't the only Steamboat Springs resident to perform well at the championships.
Ben Paley finished sixth in the Men's Elite, and Wiley Thayer placed eighth.
Lorin Paley finished second in the Women's Elite, while Erika Walters finished third.
Madi McKinstry, Elizabeth Klemer and Carolyn Walters took the top three spots in the Junior Women's 2 division. Katie Ross and Rick Walters finished first in the Women's Junior 1 division and Men's Junior division, respectively. Roy McKinstry took first in the Men's Masters, and John Pougiales finished second.
Some of the competitive telemark skiers are now training for World Cup races in Vermont from March 18 to 21.
Freestyle teams load up in Aspen
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Camille Bucci picked up two second-place finishes in single and double mogul events at Aspen Highlands on Sunday and Monday.
Bucci finished just behind Summit's Heidi Kloser in the single mogul event and a mere fraction of a point behind Kelsey Teran in the dual mogul event.
Shelby Dyer (third in the single moguls and ninth in dual moguls) and Alison Crowe (eighth in single moguls and fifth in dual moguls) also had strong showings.
On the boys side, Lars Johnson picked up a 10th in the single moguls and fifth in dual moguls. Colton Harding (eighth), Ryan Dyer (tied for ninth) and Taylor Miller (tied for ninth) also had strong finishes in dual moguls.
"It went really well," said Erik Skinner, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle skiing program director. "The kids were absolutely ripping it."
Skinner said he was especially pleased with the way everyone skied, considering a skier from Vail broke his neck early in the competition, making the day "spooky."
Aspen also hosted the Rocky Freeride Divisionals, consisting of an aerial, slopestyle and halfpipe events.
Codi Coughlan had a second- and third-place finish in two aerial events. Jonas Seiler paced Steamboat in the slopestyle event with a third-place finish. In the girls halfpipe, Lauren Ladley finished fourth while Molly Leonard came in 10th. On the boys side, Chapman Geer finished fourth, while Conor Garrecht-Connelly (seventh), Michael Ricker (eighth) and Seiler (ninth) also had strong finishes.
The next freestyle event is the Rocky Mogul Divisionals in Telluride from Feb. 29 to March 2.
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