Baker claims coveted Nor Am spot |

Baker claims coveted Nor Am spot

Seems like there might be another Koshima to keep an eye on in the not-so-distant future.

Yamato Kashima, younger brother of U.S. moguls skier Sho Kashima, and teammate Taryn Baker competed against the best at the U.S. Freestyle Selections last week. Selections are comprised of three mogul events that were held back-to-back, Dec. 19-23, at Copper Mountain.

The competition draws top amateur skiers from across the nation, all of whom hope to qualify for the Nor Am tour by their combined results of the three events. Nor Ams are international competitions that are the stepping stone to the World Cup and Olympics, according to Heavenly Foundation Head Freestyle Coach Jere Crawford.

Kashima and Baker, both Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation skiers, charged the moguls. Baker’s consistent runs and sharp turns earned her a Nor Am spot. Kashima missed the cut, but isn’t down for the count.

“Yamato gave it 110 percent, but had a couple of crashes and banged up his shoulders and finished outside the cut. He will be back in a week or two,” Crawford said in an email.

Mogul 1, Dec. 19

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————– Taryn Baker———— 36th— score 18.25

————– Yamato Kashima—– 51st———— 19.37

Mogul #2-Dec 21

————- -Taryn Baker———— 32nd————-17.75

————– Yamato Kashima——DNF

Dual Mogul Dec 22

————– Taryn Baker———— 25th————- 18.29

————– Yamato Kashima—– DNS

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