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Skiers’ finish highlights Bump Bash

Most of the season’s major freestyle events are in the books. But that didn’t stop 90 skiers, several of them from Steamboat Springs, from showing up at A-basin in Summit County to celebrate the life of one of their own the best way they knew how: by skiing.

For the past three years, the freestyle community has come together at the end of the season to honor Landon Sawyer, who was killed in a skiing accident three years ago, with the CU Bump Bash.

The event was started to celebrate the skier’s life, but it has grown into a late-season showcase for emerging freestyle skiers as well as veteran talent.

Steamboat’s Maryann Skraba and U.S. Ski Team member Alison Levy made the most of their opportunity Sunday in the final run of the women’s dual moguls.

“It was the dual of the day,” said Garth Hager, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach. “It could have gone either way.”

But in the finals, Levy topped Skraba (10 votes to 9) despite a solid run and the fact the Steamboat skier attached bells to her belt in an effort to distract her opponent.

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But that didn’t dampen Skraba’s spirits after her ability to ski still earned her a second place in the final freestyle event of the year.

“I was really happy,” Skraba said. “I think it will give me a boost, and it was a great way to wrap up the season. It’s been a long season, and now it’s time for summer.”

Sun Valley’s Christine Cordeau was third with Steamboat’s Eliza Outtrim in sixth and teammate Kylie Douglas in seventh.

Skraba, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, is hoping her finish will give her some momentum as she heads into training season. It was a nice way to cap a productive year, in which she got her first taste of the NorAm competition.

Kevin Hanian of the University of Colorado took home top honors in the men’s dual on the final day. He beat out former Winter Sports Club skier Jordan Chiovarelli, who finished second, and Utah skier Holt Haga, who finished third in the final standings.

The duals marked the final day of he event, which is named in honor of Sawyer, who was a member of the University of Colorado Ski Team at the time of his death. He is a former member of the Winter Sports Club.

Chiovarelli won the men’s singles Saturday by topping Winter Sports Club skier Eddie Keiser, who was second. Hanian was third and Telluride’s Jimmy Discoe was fourth. Steamboat’s Scott Voss placed 11th in the results.

Steamboat’s Eliza Outtrim won the women’s event. She topped Levy, who skied to second and Summit’s Jordan Poyfair, who was third.

Steamboat’s Lauren Crawford was fourth, Carly Gmeiner was ninth and Erica Damon finished 10th. Skraba was 14th in the singles.

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

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