Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls program always said it was among the best in the country.
Now it has definitive proof.
Five Winter Sports Club mogul skiers will make the first World Cup start of the season in Ruka, Finland, next month.
Pat Deneen, Jeremy Cota and Eliza Outtrim will start on the A Team, and they’ll be joined by newcomers Brittany Loweree and Ryan Dyer on the C Team.
The five skiers leave for the season Nov. 28. The Ruka event is Dec. 10.
“I’ve been with these guys every step of the way,” said Dyer, who along with Loweree made the C Team at last year’s selection event in Steamboat. “It’s not only Brittany, but I’ve ramped with Jeremy and Eliza every day of the summer. It’s a comforting feeling going to the first event like this with three other kids I know really well.”
The five members speak to the different segments of the Winter Sports Club’s program. Deneen is the furthest removed, employing Winter Sports Club coach Timmy Meagher as his own personal coach.
The other four either grew up in the program or perfected their skills in it. Outtrim did both and has been on the U.S. Ski Team for years. Cota moved from Maine to Steamboat to train at the Winter Sports Club and nearly made the U.S. Winter Olympics team two seasons ago.
Dyer, who is from Steamboat, and Loweree worked their way up through NorAm finishes and an impressive showing at selection events.
“I think (the success of the club) is a mixture of things,” said Cota, who could be the top U.S. men’s skier this season. “First, the facilities are great. Then the coaching staff pushes the kids that want to be pushed. The kids that want to be good, they push them to their limits.”
Deneen, Cota and Outtrim are expected to be among America’s top finishers on World Cups this season. Loweree and Dyer should get up to seven World Cup starts, depending on how they finish.
Either way, it’s a great sign for the development and future of the freestyle program in Steamboat.
“It’s certainly going to affect other kids,” Cota said. “When someone makes the U.S. Team, it helps out the younger kids in our program.”
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