Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Timmy Meagher, left, Ryan Dyer and coach Nate Bird show off Dyer's Rocky Mountain Division overall dual moguls trophy last weekend in Telluride. Dyer will be one of 24 Steamboat athletes competing in this year's Freestyle Junior Olympics at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Timmy Meagher, left, Ryan Dyer and coach Nate Bird show off Dyer's Rocky Mountain Division overall dual moguls trophy last weekend in Telluride. Dyer will be one of 24 Steamboat athletes competing in this year's Freestyle Junior Olympics at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Freestyle Junior Olympics begin today

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Freestyle moguls

Champ Moguls

Girls

12. Kara Johnson

18. Alison Crowe

22. Shelby Dyer

25. Camille Bucci

Boys

4. Ryan Dyer

5. Ryan Riley

9. Lars Johnson

12. Luke Kamieniecki

13. Michael Degrandis

18. Dalton Lee

23. Colton Harding

Junior Moguls

Girls

13. Shelby Dyer

17. Alison Crowe

21. Camille Bucci

Boys

3. Luke Kamieniecki

4. Ryan Dyer

6. Michael Degrandis

7. Dalton Lee

11. Colton Harding

12. Lars Johnson

28. Tyler Saxe

29. Taylor Miller

32. Bradley Hoefer

35. Matt Binsfeld

Dual Moguls

Girls

9. Alison Crowe

17. Shelby Dyer

17. Camille Bucci

17. Kara Johnson

Boys

3. Ryan Dyer

8. Ryan Riley

9. Lars Johnson

9. Bradley Hoefer

2008 schedule

10 a.m. today - halfpipe Bashor Terrain Park

10 a.m. Thursday - slopestyle Bashor Terrain Park

10 a.m. Friday - moguls VooDoo

10 a.m. Saturday - aerials VooDoo Air Hill

10 a.m. Sunday - dual moguls VooDoo

— Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle coach Nate Bird compared last weekend's season-ending Rocky Mountain Division event in Telluride to swinging two baseball bats before stepping into the batter's box.

Bird said the difficult Telluride course was the perfect precursor to the highly competitive 2008 Freestyle Junior Olympics, which begin today at Steamboat Ski Area.

"You really had to be in that technical form," Bird said of the Telluride mogul course, which is 10 meters longer and two degrees steeper than Steamboat's VooDoo run, where the Junior Olympic moguls events will take place. "You had to be in that right position. It proved itself over and over again."

Today's events begin with the halfpipe competition, followed by slopestyle Thursday, moguls Friday, aerials Saturday and dual moguls Sunday.

The halfpipe and slopestyle events will take place in the Bashor Terrain Park, while moguls and aerial competitors will bounce through bumps on VooDoo.

With more than 300 competitors from the all across the country competing, Bird said this week's Junior Olympics will feature some of the best young freestyle competitors in the nation. Although the competition will be tougher than the traditional Rocky Mountain Division events, Bird said the goals for the Steamboat athletes remain the same.

"Our goal is to have several podiums," Bird said. "It can happen. We have all the talent, it's just a matter of taking that talent to the competition. : This is our home territory, so we're hoping to bring home some medals."

The Junior Olympics feature the top 50 J1 through J5 mogul and aerial skiers and top 60 slopestyle and halfpipe skiers.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle skiing program director Erik Skinner said the event will have the best of the best skiers and snowboarders from seven divisions throughout the country.

"It's a heck of an event," Skinner said. "It's a higher level of competition than the usual divisionals. It should be spectacular skiing."

Steamboat accounts for 24 participants.

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