Steamboat Springs The only real respite was going home, and Joel Hedrick tried everything else.
While competing Sunday in the final event of a weekend-long Rocky Mountain Division regional moguls event at Steamboat Ski Area, he was bundled up as much as possible.
He even tried running around at the top of the course, anything to stay warm on a bitterly cold day that capped freestyle skiing’s return to Steamboat Springs and the Voo Doo run on Mount Werner.
When he did finally go home, the Winter Park skier did so with his best result of the season, winning the men’s side of the duals bracket to complete a Winter Park sweep of the event.
Kelly Lawson won the women’s side.
“This being a regional, I tried to have a really good time, to have some fun before the NorAm’s kick in,” Hedrick said. “It was definitely fun to have a win. It can get really stressful against a hard competitor, but I tried to have fun with it and it worked out.”
A bevy of Steamboat skiers had good weekends, too. Avital Shimko, skiing for Lift Off Freestyle and coach Rob Day, was third, following up on a sixth-place finish Saturday in the singles competition.
“It was a good weekend,” Shimko said. “It was just pushing it, skiing my run and I had a good time.”
Lift Off Freestyle teammate Sophia Schwartz won Saturday’s competition. She sat out Sunday’s event to prepare for looming World Cup starts.
On the men’s side, Ryan Dyer, skiing for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, was the top local finisher both days. He was fifth on Sunday, slipping to the consolation bracket with a head-to-head loss to Hedrick. It was his only loss and the weekend’s only blemish as he cruised to a second-place finish Saturday.
Winter Park’s Case Andringa won Saturday’s men's competition.
Evan Smith was 16th on Saturday for Steamboat. Zach Rosa was 30th, Bridger Boyd was 35th, Ben Hoefer was 36th and Landon Wendler was 40th.
Jaelin Kauf was sixth on the women’s side, Lindsay Mustard was 10th and Eleanor Mullins was 48th.
Kearney, Deneen pace World Cup skiers
Freestyle skiers also took to the snow Saturday in a freestyle World Cup competition in Calgary, Alberta.
Hannah Kearney was the top American finisher on the women's side, finishing second. Heather McPhie was sixth, Vail's Heidi Kloser was 14th, Steamboat's Eliza Outtrim was 17th and KC Oakley was 21st.
Former Winter Sports Club skier Patrick Deneen was third for the men. Sho Kashima was fifth, Joseph Discoe was 16th, Dylan Walczyk was 17th, Bryon Wilson was 20th, Bradley Wilson was 21st and Steamboater Jeremy Cota was 22nd.
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