Steamboat snowboarding team continues success

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— Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Snowboarding Director Jon Casson starts every season convinced that his program is behind all the others.

But as is often the case, and maybe even more so this year, the Winter Sports Club snowboarding team doesn’t disappoint.

“Halfway through the season, I usually realize we’re doing well,” Casson said. “It’s probably good. It keeps us honest.”

On the heels of Arielle Gold winning a Junior World Championship half-pipe event Tuesday and Jarryd Hughes finishing second at the Junior Worlds in snowboard cross, the snowboard season is winding down with more top results for local athletes.

At a pair of NorAm events in Mount Hood, Ore., Jenna Feldman picked up a pair of wins. The two wins put her in contention for the overall NorAm title to be decided Wednesday in Calgary.

And at two World Cup events in Italy, Hughes posted a pair of impressive showings. On the first day, he qualified fifth before finishing 21st. On the second day, he qualified second before finishing 17th.

Belle Brockhoff was ninth in the first World Cup event and 17th in the second event. Feldman was 16th and 15th, respectively.

The Winter Sports Club’s snowboard and free ski programs now are prepping for the last big meet of the year, the USASA Nationals on Sunday in Copper Mountain.

The Winter Sports Club will take more than 50 athletes, the largest contingent to ever represent the local club at the event.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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