Hickman wins Far West freestyle competition
There was no use letting the course that hosted the U.S. National Freestyle Championships go to waste.
The Far West Freestyle Division got a head-start on points for next season by holding single moguls and duals events last weekend on Red Dog run at Squaw Valley, which hosted the national championships March 26-28.
Jake Hickman provided Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation with a singles victory on Sunday. Hickman edged Michael DeGrandis of Steamboat Springs, Colo., 22.92 to 22.79, for first place. Hickman was second in Saturday’s singles event with a slightly better 22.94 score and fifth in Sunday’s duals event.
Heavenly’s Hannah Curtzwiler also contended for first place in the female single moguls events. Squaw Valley’s K.C. Oakley topped Curtzwiler 23.07 to 22.30 on Saturday, then edged her again on Sunday, 22.35 to 21.93. Curtzwiler was fourth in Sunday’s duals competition won by Rebecca Goldstein.
“These results were impressive because there were some very good visiting skiers from other divisions,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford.
Marshall Curtzwiler of Heavenly was runner-up to DeGrandis in the male duals final. Marshall also finished fourth (22.35) and seventh (21.85) in single moguls.
Also for Heavenly, Anna Park won all three J4 events and was no worse than eighth overall, Taryn Baker placed 10th overall in singles and duals, Sage Wright delivered a first-place J5 result in singles moguls Sunday and was 13th overall in duals and 47-year-old Richard Park won the vet title on each day.
Crawford was also excited by the performances of other members of his deep freestyle team.
“Lynne Hickman threw her first 360s in competition. Yamato Kashima showed off his new, much-improved turns. Robby Tong has worked hard for amazing improvement, Shanti Koskinen showed he is one of the top J4s and David Glover had the crowd going with a great duals run,” Crawford said.
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