Chloe Banning wins her 1st Junior World Championships medal in Italy

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— Steamboat Springs snowboarder Chloe Banning took third Tuesday in the 2011 FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships opening snowboard cross event in Valmalenco, Italy.

Banning qualified in the second position and used consistent racing to win her first Junior World Championship medal.

Eva Smakova, of the Czech Republic, was first, followed by France’s Chloe Trespeuch.

“I thought it went really well,” Banning said in a U.S. Snowboarding Team release. “I was going up against some good girls in the finals, some girls on the World Cup circuit that beat me in the last few races, so I was looking to go out there and show myself, and I was super happy with the way I finished.”

The course set up well with firm conditions. Banning, 18, raced the Valmalenco course just 10 days ago at a World Cup event.

Banning got the invite because of podium finishes at the U.S. Revolution Tour as well as numerous NorAm stops.

On the men’s side, Steamboat’s Mick Dierdorff led the Americans by finishing eighth and reaching the consolation finals. It mirrored his finish at the 2009 Junior World Championships.

Steamboat riders struggle in FIS Junior World races

Cassie Wagar led the way for four Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders at Wednesday’s parallel giant slalom event at the FIS Junior World Snowboard Championships.

Wagar was solid in the qualification rounds before barely missing out on the finals. She finished 18th. Winter Sports Club snowboarder Rosina Mancari also missed the finals, finishing 34th.

On the men’s side, Winter Sports Club member Christian Allen was 21st, and Aaron Muss was 30th.

The 2011 FIS Junior World Snowboard Championships continue today with the men’s and women’s parallel slalom race.

Seymour preps for CanAm weekend races in Quebec

Steamboat Springs J4 Alpine skier Jett Seymour is prepping for the CanAm races in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

The races are Saturday and Sunday with a pair of slalom and giant slalom races.

The races are similar to mini NorAm’s except for younger racers. The top Canadian and American J4 athletes who have qualified are expected to compete. Seymour was selected after finishing seventh at the J4 Junior Championships in Steamboat. The top five were invited, but two opted out.

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