Steamboat freeskiers find success at Lake Tahoe |

Steamboat freeskiers find success at Lake Tahoe

Luke Graham

Gracey Whelihan, from left, Lennon Vaughan, Penn Lukens, Jesse Pugh and Jake Sear take a break from competing in the U.S. Revolution Tour at Northstar Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freeskiing team wrapped up its second U.S. Revolution Tour stop Tuesday and Wednesday.

Competing at Northstar Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif., several Steamboat skiers notched top finishes in half-pipe and slope-style.

Despite warm weather and little snow, Steamboat's Lennon Vaughan led the way in Tuesday's half-pipe, finishing seventh.

Penn Lukens was ninth, Jake Sear was 27th and Jesse Pugh — competing with a broken collarbone — was 36th.

On the girls side, Gracey Whelihan was 12th.

"Lennon is really looking strong in the half-pipe," coach Jonah Drescher said. " At only 15 years old, the sky is the limit."

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In Wednesday's slope-style event, Whelihan made her first Revolution Tour finals and finished fifth.

"I am so proud of our converted racer Gracey stepping it up this week," Drescher said.

The boys all struggled in slope-style, each failing to make the finals. Vaughan was the top Steamboat finisher in 39th, with Sear at 42nd, Lukens at 46th and Pugh at 58th.

The Steamboat team returned home Thursday for training in preparation for a busy couple of months.

The next stop for the Revolution Tour is Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 in Otsego, Mich.

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