Steamboat Springs Ryan Dyer won $750 this weekend thanks to his capable skiing. But it was his quick thinking that might have won him a few extra brownie points from his parents.
"Maybe I'll use it to take them out to dinner," he said of the prize, his award for dominating the two-day Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle competition at the Steamboat Ski Area.
No matter who pays, Dyer certainly earned a steak of his own. He used a blazing second run to win Saturday's single moguls competition, then came back Sunday to capture the dual moguls event.
His haul included the money - a donation from the Landon Sawyer Foundation - and a pair of gold medals.
"It was a heck of a weekend for him," freestyle coach Nate Bird said. "He's a duals specialist, so we always expect him to go far there, but it was great to see him come out on top of the podium in both events."
Dyer's back-to-back wins showed his dominance against a field filled with athletes age 12 and older. He had to dig deep late in each competition to earn that separation, however.
A backflip off the bottom kicker helped push him in front of Summit's Brandon Denker in the finals of the dual moguls.
Both raced to the bottom of the Steamboat Ski Area's VooDoo run and crossed the finish line in a virtual tie. Dyer's tricks helped him wrap up the title.
Saturday he cut it even closer. Dyer was mired in 11th place after the first of two runs. He came down from his backflip on the front of a mogul and was rocked back on his skis.
He more than made up for it on his second run, blasting down the course to record the fastest time of the day.
"Second run, I came down as fast as I could, and I actually cleared that mogul and landed on the backside of it," Dyer said. "I tried to go as big as I possibly could."
Dyer stole the show, but his Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club compatriots also had strong showings.
Michael DeGrandis laid down a pair of solid runs in the single moguls competition. He was second after his first run and held on to finish just behind Dyer.
"Michael's run was fast and clean," Bird said. "He has pretty much the toughest air combination out there. He was sitting in second, but had he not scored better on his last run, he would have slipped down."
Taylor Miller finished sixth, and Tyler Saxe was eighth in boys dual moguls. Alissa Pinkoski, meanwhile, finished fifth in the girls double moguls, behind event winner Kristi Waring of the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
Steamboat's Shelby Dyer was fourth in the girls single moguls. Winter Park's Alyssa Lawson won the event, but Steamboat also had top finishes from Alison Crowe in eighth, Jessica Mader in ninth, Alissa Pinkoski in 10th and Paige Eggebrecht in 11th.
Lars Johnson was 10th in the boys single moguls, behind sixth place Dalton Lee as well as DeGrandis and Ryan Dyer.
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