Far West represents at the USSA Sprint Freestyle Nationals
Amid cold but tolerable temperatures and firm snow conditions, 11 athletes representing the Far West Division traveled to Stratton Mountain, Vermont to compete in moguls, dual moguls, and half pipe.
Maddie Bowman, 17, skied to a third place finish in half pipe. Bowman, who skis for Sierra at Tahoe and Shorline Sports was the top female finisher for the Far West. David Wise, 20, of Reno won the men’s half pipe with a super clean run and plenty of air time. Wise, who skis for Alpine Meadows, has won the event multiple times in past years and came back strong, despite being off his skis last year with an injury and breaking his helmet nearly in two during warm ups. Billy Mann, 20, posted a fifth place finish in the half pipe.
In the men’s moguls, Marshall Curtzweiler took 13th, Jake Hickman 15th, and Trevor Semmens 46th. In men’s dual moguls Jake Hickman placed 18th, Marshall Curtzweiler 19th, and Todd Chen 47th.
For the women, Ali Kariotis finished strong at 8th in moguls and 10th in dual moguls. Ali was also voted Noram Rookie of the Year. Hannah Curtzweiler took 15th in dual moguls and 25th in moguls while Tamara Westcott finished 39th in dual moguls and 41st in moguls. Veronica Paulsen finished 35th in dual moguls and 45th in moguls.
At least three of the U.S. Ski Team members competing at the event hail from the Far West, including Sho Kashima, KC Oakley and Jay Panther.
“I was really happy at how the Far West athletes stepped it up. The mogul course was in great shape and we had good weather, for the East.” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford.
The mogul skiers continue their season with a spring mogul event this weekend at Heavenly. For the half pipe athletes one of the most exciting moments of their season is perhaps still to come as the International Olympic Committee will vote in the next few days on the fate of skier half pipe in future Olympic Games.
For full event results, visit http://www.ussa.org.
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