Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders find success at Copper Mountain
December 24, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Several Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders notched top finishes before the holidays at a USSA Revolutions Tour halfpipe event in Copper Mountain.
Competing on Monday in a field that included international riders and most of the U.S. Rookie team, Arielle Gold posted the top local result, finishing second.
Natalie Geer was sixth and Kirby Kelley was ninth.
On the men's side, Paul Brichta paced Steamboat with a fourth-place finish. The finish was big for Brichta, who struggled to land runs last season. It also marked one of his first times back competing after spending the summer recovering from a broken collarbone.
Benji Farrow was sixth, Kyle Kelley was eighth, Max Jenson was 13th and Nik Baden was 14th.
Jenson and Baden were competing against riders much older than they are.
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"It's cool to see these younger kids come up and be competitive," said Ashley Berger, the Winter Sports Club's pro/am freestyle head coach. "It's nice to have the entire team riding well."
The team next heads to Summit County to continue to train.
"The focus is on development," Berger said. "We're going to go learn a bunch of tricks."
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