Steamboat winter sports athletes shine in Australian camp

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— Local skiers and snowboarders still are just praying for snow. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Jon Casson, meanwhile, is just back from winter.

He served as a coach for the Australian National Team’s snowboard cross efforts, and while he was on the other side of the world, he said he saw some top performances from Winter Sports Club athletes.

Australian and Winter Sports Club rider Belle Brockhoff led the way, winning both of the two races meant to decide the Australia and New Zealand champion.

Brockhoff earned a spot on the coming season’s World Cup roster. She beat a few top riders from across the world in the events to claim that honor.

"That part wasn't a huge deal because she pretty much already had a spot, but the biggest thing is that she's been working her butt off," Casson said. "She's been in the gym and on the hill every day, working hard to improve her riding and she beat two World Cup winners and she beat them straight up.

"It was fantastic."

The Winter Sports Club’s Jenna Feldman placed fifth and sixth in the two races, while Jarryd Hughes qualified in third place but was roughed up in a semifinals fall. He finished eighth and didn’t race the second day.

"The trip was great. We had one of the best training courses I've ever been a part of," Casson said. "We had a blast."

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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