Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine J4 ski team concluded its season Saturday at the Rocky Central J4 Junior Olympics in Winter Park. Ten Steamboat athletes represented the SSWSC J4 team.
Highlighting the super G results were J4 girls Serina Kidd and Chandler Sedberry, finishing fifth and seventh respectively. On the men's' side, Cole Henry made the biggest jump in the super G, going from 51st on the start list to 10th. Matt White jumped from 47th to 23rd, while Max Wasser finished 58th from 89th, and Kris Kolvereid jumped 9 spots from his starting position to 74th.
During the first giant slalom race, Willy Gunn finished 13th, while Cole Henry, Devin de Jong, David Kidd, Matthew White, Nate Bowman and Max Wasser all climbed well ahead of their starting positions. On the girls side, Sedberry finished second.
Steamboat athletes saved their best for the second race of the giant slalom, with Sedberry and Serina Kidd finishing atop the field in first and second, respectively. On the boys side, Henry again vaulted into the top 15, with de Jong and David Kidd jumping nearly 20 places from their starting positions.
On the final day of competition, de Jong set the pace with a 24th-place finish. Henry was 31st, Gunn 32nd, White 35th, David Kidd 36th, and Nate Bowman jumped 16 spots to finish in 48th place. On the girls side, Sedberry held her own against a talented slalom field, finishing third.
During the second race, and last race of the week, Sedberry showed her consistency again with a solid fifth-place finish, trailed close by Serina Kidd in ninth. The Steamboat boys again demonstrated solid slalom skiing, with Henry and de Jong finishing 11th and 12th. David Kidd finished 24th, White was 27th and Bowman finished 44th. Wasser and Kolvereid finished 52nd and 59th, respectively.
In the overall JO results, Sedberry stood on the podium in third place, with teammate Serina Kidd in fifth place. On the boys side, Henry finished 13th, Willy Gunn was 28th and de Jong was 29th.
Steamboat finished in third place for the overall team competition, trailing only Aspen Valley Ski Club and Buckhill Academy, finishing ahead of division rivals Ski Club Vail and Winter Park.
Henry, White, Sedberry, and Serina Kidd also were named to the all Rocky Mountain Division team.
Steamboat does well at Burton US Open event
Despite challenging conditions, Steamboat was well-represented during the weekend at the Burton U.S. Open 2009 Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, Vt.
Steamboat riders came away with several top finishes, including some top finishes in the Junior Jam halfpipe event for riders 13 and younger.
Arielle Gold won the girls event, while Melissa Alborn finished 14th. On the boys side, Carter Smalley finished second, and Nick Baden finished sixth.
In the Junior Jam, conditions were up and down. A storm blew in, and a portion of the juniors couldn't reach the top of the pipe. But after applying a different wax and having the weather clear for the final runs, the Steamboat riders rose to the top.
"At the very end, they all had one last run to prove their skills," said Eric Rolls, the head coach for the senior snowboarding team at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. "That's where the winners became winners and the potential winners fell back."
In the open division, Steamboat got solid finishes from two stalwarts.
Maddy Schaffrick and Matt Ladley each placed 11th in the halfpipe.
Paul Brichta made the semifinals of the halfpipe and the quarterfinals of the slopestyle, while Blake Eddington and Taylor Gold each made the quarterfinals of the halfpipe.