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Nordic skiers shine on home snow

— Plenty of dirt work on Emerald Mountain and Howelsen Hill last fall paid off during the weekend as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club played host to a Nordic junior nationals qualifier on its newest trails.

Local weekend Nordic results

U20/18 men

Freestyle sprint

1 Nick Sweeney

2 Tyler Terranova

4 Evan Barbier

6 Jimmy Colfer

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Classic 
interval

6 Tyler Terranova

7 Evan Barbier

U18 women’s

Freestyle sprint

1 Sadie Cotton

2 Dasha Kuznetsova

Classic 
interval

1 Dasha Kuznetsova

2 Sadie Cotton

U16 girls

Freestyle sprint

1 Waverly Gebhardt

2 Avery Harrington

Classic 
interval

1 Waverly Gebhardt

U16 boys

Freestyle sprint

6 Chase High

Classic 
interval

6 Chase High

9 Cooper Jones

U14 boys

Freestyle sprint

1 Sumner Cotton

3 Wally Magill

Classic 
interval

1 Sumner Cotton

5 Wally Magill

U12 girls

Classic 
interval

8 Jade Henderson

U12 boys

Freestyle sprint

4 Grey Barbier

Classic 
interval

2 Grey Barbier


U10 boys

Freestyle sprint

4 Koen Strook

6 Owen Wither

7 Kade Lawton

8 Tristan Thrasher

9 Sawyer Graves


U10 girls

Freestyle sprint

2 Nikita Andre

5 Shea Sias

7 Eva Minotto

9 Shea Rossi

Classic 
interval

2 Nikita Andre

The trails was a hit with racers from around the region, and Steamboat's skiers were a hit on them as they raced to top results.

"The site was spectacular," club Nordic director Brian Tate said. "Everyone was super excited to ski here because, one, we have great trails, and two, our volunteer group really puts on a good event."

On the course, few were more dominant than Steamboat's U16 flash Waverly Gebhardt. She won both Saturday's freestyle skiing sprint race, then Sunday's classic interval start race.

"She totally took control of both races," Tate said. "She is in top form right now, and nobody regionally is really able to touch her."

Steamboat also got two victories from Sumner Cotton in the U14 boys races. Sadie Cotton and Dasha Kuznetsova, meanwhile, together dominated the U18 women’s division.

Sadie Cotton won Saturday's sprints while Kuznetsova, a Russian exchange student at Steamboat Mountain School, placed second. Kuznetsova then reversed the order a day later, winning the Classic race, 10 kilometers, by more than a minute. Cotton was second.

"She's a beautiful strider, so for classic skiing on this course, the striding is pretty significant," Tate said of Kuznetsova. "She showed excellent form and was able to win."

Steamboat also got a win from Nick Sweeney in the U20/18 men's sprint race on Saturday. Tyler Terranova was second in that race, Evan Barbier fourth and Jimmy Colfer sixth.

Avery Harrington was second in the U16 women's race on Saturday, Wally Magill third in the U14 boys sprint race, Grey Barbier second in the U12 boys Sunday race and Nikita Andre second on both days at U10 girls level.

"She's a little pistol," Tate said of Andre. "Watching her compete is pretty inspiring because she just tries so hard."

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

Local weekend Nordic results

U20/18 men

Freestyle sprint

1 Nick Sweeney

2 Tyler Terranova

4 Evan Barbier

6 Jimmy Colfer

Classic 
interval

6 Tyler Terranova

7 Evan Barbier

U18 women’s

Freestyle sprint

1 Sadie Cotton

2 Dasha Kuznetsova

Classic 
interval

1 Dasha Kuznetsova

2 Sadie Cotton

U16 girls

Freestyle sprint

1 Waverly Gebhardt

2 Avery Harrington

Classic 
interval

1 Waverly Gebhardt

U16 boys

Freestyle sprint

6 Chase High

Classic 
interval

6 Chase High

9 Cooper Jones

U14 boys

Freestyle sprint

1 Sumner Cotton

3 Wally Magill

Classic 
interval

1 Sumner Cotton

5 Wally Magill

U12 girls

Classic 
interval

8 Jade Henderson

U12 boys

Freestyle sprint

4 Grey Barbier

Classic 
interval

2 Grey Barbier


U10 boys

Freestyle sprint

4 Koen Strook

6 Owen Wither

7 Kade Lawton

8 Tristan Thrasher

9 Sawyer Graves


U10 girls

Freestyle sprint

2 Nikita Andre

5 Shea Sias

7 Eva Minotto

9 Shea Rossi

Classic 
interval

2 Nikita Andre