Steamboat snowboarders jump out to fast start on NorAm

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— Steamboat Springs Alpine snowboarder Mimi Wiencke got off to a good start this week at the first NorAm races of the season at Copper Mountain.

“It feels great,” Wiencke said after advancing to the finals in the parallel giant slalom Tuesday and the parallel slalom Wednesday. “These are my best finishes ever in the opening events."

Wiencke fell just short of winning the parallel giant slalom in Tuesday's race. She missed a gate on her first run and was unable to make up the differential to Korea’s Hae-rim Jeong in the second run of the hard-fought dual. Wiencke placed fourth in Wednesday’s slalom race but was pleased with her effort in the opening events.

“I feel like I’m racing really well right now,” Wiencke said. “These finishes gave me a lot of confidence, and hopefully that is something I can use to make this a great season.”

Former Steamboat Springs rider Justin Reiter also got off to a good start with a third-place finish in the men’s parallel giant slalom, which was won by Slovenian Rok Flander. Nevin Galmarini, of Switzerland, was second. Steamboat’s Mike Trapp was fourth, and Olympic rider Tyler Jewell placed ninth in the giant slalom event.

Reiter also was fourth in Wednesday’s parallel slalom, which was won by Canadian Jasey-Jay Anderson. Galmarini was second, and Flander came in third. Trapp placed eighth, and Jewell was 15th. Steamboat’s Maggie Rose Carrigan was 15th in the women’s parallel slalom race.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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