Steamboat Springs It’s snowboarding, not gymnastics, but Cody Winters proved last week that he’s as flexible as they come. The Steamboat Springs snowboarder earned top 10 finishes in all five events at the USASA Snowboarding Nationals in Copper Mountain. The complex feat required him to be the fastest in the field in giant slalom and slalom events — both of which he won in the menehune boys division — and at snowboard cross, where he was second. He also had to be one of the biggest and best freestylers, and he was again, placing eighth in half-pipe and 10th in slope-style.
It all added up to a first-place overall showing for Winters, who led the way for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s finale effort.
The club came away from the event with 52 top 10 finishes.
“We were really successful and the whole year has been really successful,” coach Collin Jenks said. “The kids did a really good job, and we didn’t have any major injuries. That’s all you can ask for.”
Winters was tops for the club with his five top-10 showings.
“He had a really good week in all of snowboarding,” Jenks said. “He just killed it. It’s really hard to do that in all those disciplines, and he’s one guy who can get it done.”
Steamboat’s Kelsey Madro accomplished a similar feat in the jams women’s division. She was fifth in half-pipe, seventh in both slalom and slope-style and eighth in snowboard cross.
Steamboat was not short on highlights.
Justin Reiter was first in slalom and third in giant slalom in the open men’s division. AJ Muss won the giant slalom in that same division, and Chris Allen was second there, making for a Steamboat sweep, and third in slalom, where Mike Trapp was second to make for another podium sweep.
Arielle Gold wrapped up a strong season with a championship in the women’s open half-pipe. Cassie Wagar won the women’s open giant slalom and was third in the slalom while Mimi Wiencke was the exact opposite, a champ in slalom and third in GS.
Maggie Carrigan was first in the youth women’s GS and second in the slalom while Kevin Keough was first in the jams men’s division’s half-pipe competition. Carter Smalley was also a half-pipe champ, winning at the youth men’s division.
Nik Baden was second in the men’s open half-pipe. Chris Allen was second and third respectively in the GS and the slalom at men’s open. Meghan Graham was second in both those races among the women’s open competitors, while Savanna Atkins was third in the slalom at the breaker girls level.
It amounted to 22 podiums, 10 individual championships and a heck of a way to close out the 2011-12 competitive season.
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