Steamboat Springs It was a strong weekend for Steamboat snowboarders at the top of the sport as Taylor Gold and Arielle Gold shined at the Dew Tour.
Local athletes hoping to be the next Taylor or Arielle had strong showings, as well, netting a number of high finishes Saturday, and then even more Sunday in home slalom and giant slalom races at Howelsen Hill.
“It was a crazy busy weekend,” said Tori Koski, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s snowboard director. “It was awesome. We had so many different events going on and all the kids really did great.”
Steamboat had eight first-place finishes in Sunday’s Howelsen Hill races and Maggie Rose Carrigan in the open women’s class, Steve MacCutcheon in the open men’s division and Cody Winters in the breaker boys division each won in both the slalom and the GS.
Myles Silverman and Garrett Denney, both in the junior men’s division, traded off between first place and second place, Silverman winning the GS race and Denney the slalom.
Other top finishers from Steamboat included Jade Depont in the open women’s class, second in the slalom and third in the GS; Oliver Vachon in the open men’s class, third in both races; Grace Drobek in the breaker girls division, second in each race; Winston Vaughan in the breaker boys division, second twice; and Katie Keough, third in the women’s open class.
Saturday had more top finishes in a half-pipe snowboarding event at Copper Mountain.
Brian Glover was first in the junior men’s division; Cody Winters was second among the breaker boys; Jacy Werner was fourth and Marty Boyd was sixth in the menehune boys; Ryan Merritt was ninth in the breaker boys; and Nyah Attanasio was 12th in the youth men. On the freeskiing side, Paula Cooper was first among the women while Payton McElhiney was second and Sammy Schuiling was third in the men.
Baden competes Sunday
Nik Baden wrapped up a good week for Steamboat Springs at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, competing in the finals of the snowboard slope-style event. Baden didn’t get off a clean run in his two tries. His best score was on his second attempt, which earned him 44 points and slotted him into 13th place. Mack McMorris won the event with a score of 97.8. Shaun White sat out after qualifying first, recovering from an injury sustained in Saturday’s half-pipe finals.
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