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Steamboat freestyle skiers fly high

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

— No one's been quite as successful as Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club moguls skier Kenzie Radway was earlier this month at a trio of freestyle skiing events in Telluride.

The young Steamboat bumps skier bounced her way to first in all three events, twice in individual events and, for good measure, once in a dual moguls event.

Though none quite match up to Radway's, the club's moguls skiers have enjoyed an abundance of strong results in recent weeks.

The team had nine total top-10 finishes at the events in Telluride, including a win and two other podium finishes from Landon Wendler on the boys’ side.

The key for Wendler was the addition of a cork-7 to his run, and it has him poised for strong results at the season's final Rocky Mountain Division event this weekend, then at junior nationals next month in California and, finally, at national championships in Steamboat Springs late in March.

"He usually goes a back tuck off the top and a back X on the bottom, but this worked well," coach Lars Johnson said. "It's great to have another trick, because you can't compete back flip, back flip at nationals."

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Wendler won in duals, then was second in one individual event and third in another.

As for Radway, it was about keeping it simple on the snow.

"She overcame some obstacles. The weather wasn't great, but she put that and any other mental blocks behind her, and she just skied her runs," Johnson said. "She did what she does best, which is ski fast, ski direct and go big."

There were other strong finishes for Steamboat athletes. Riley Hodges was eighth and Kaia Schmid 15th in one individual event; they were then seventh and 11th, respectively, in the next, and both tied in 32nd for the final event.

Tyler Strnad was eighth, Ben Hoefer 16th and Tallak Myhre 29th in one individual moguls events; Myhre was 14th, Strnad 18th and Hoefer 25th in another. Hoefer and Myhre then tied for 32nd in the final event.

That 14th-place finish for Myhre didn't include any medals, but was among those that really stood out for Johnson.

"That was his best finish of the year," Johnson said. "It personally was one of my biggest highlights. He struggled this year, not with either skiing or jumping, but with linking them together. He was finally able to put it together."

Young skiers score big at home

Steamboat Springs freestyle skiers put up strong results on home snow, competing Feb. 18 and 19 in Bashor Bowl in a Rocky Mountain Division event.

The team wrapped up the two days of competition with 20 top-10 finishes.

The club had skiers win on both the boys’ and the girls’ side for the overall standings. For the girls, it was Maisie Wagner. River King, meanwhile, was there for the boys.

Carina Creamer was fourth for the girls, Ava Rose fifth, Anabel Ayad eighth and Ella Walker ninth.

Anathony Mathey was fifth for the boys, and Xander Tatar-Brown was sixth.

Among the U13 skiers, Ayad was first overall, with Walker second, Aidan Kerrigan fourth, Lila Boniface fifth, Katie McLaughlin sixth and Zoe Leach ninth.

Izzy Powell and Leah Sullivan were both on the podium for the U11 girls, placing second and third, respectively. Adrian Beauregard was fourth, Grady Keefe eighth and Caman Beauregard ninth on the boys side at U11, while Ethan Maines was in for third among U9 boys.

"The other Rocky Mountain Division clubs brought some tough competition, but our SSWSC skiers still fared well and ended up taking home some great results," freestyle director Bobby Aldighieri said. "Our athletes have been training hard all season, and although there’s still plenty of work to do, the collective progress and improvement has been amazing to watch and something the kids should be proud of. 

"Huge thanks to all of our volunteers, without whom we would never have been able to pull off such a fun and successful weekend of competition."

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