Age no barrier for Cabral |

Age no barrier for Cabral

Don’t judge Travis Cabral’s mogul skiing ability by his age, because the talented Sierra-at-Tahoe bumper is skiing at least five years over his head.

The 14-year-old Cabral was second overall in the second of two Far West Division mogul competitions last Saturday at Squaw Valley.

In finishing second to Squaw Valley’s Tony Basile, Cabral beat U.S. Freestyle Ski Team rookie Chris Hernandez (Heavenly). Hernandez dominated the first moguls, winning the men’s division title.

Bumping off Hernandez wasn’t any big deal to Cabral, though.

“We beat each other off and on, so it’s not a major thing to beat a U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member,” Cabral said. “It feels good to win, but you know you just have to try as hard as you can, and sometimes you don’t win and sometimes you do. We’re all pretty much at the same ability level. It’s just whoever does better that day.”

Cabral, who was a career-best fourth in a Nor Am last month in Lake Placid, N.Y., skied on his backup skis in the second moguls after ripping out his bindings and breaking a ski as he was approaching the second jump during the opening event.

Hernandez and Robin Ballachey led a plethora of Heavenly Foundation mogul skiers in the Far West doubleheader.

Hernandez won the first bump event with a score of 26.02, and he came back to take third in the second competition with 23.83 points.

Ballachey, the younger sister of U.S. Freestyle Team rising Brooke Ballachey, finished third in the opening girls competition with 16.97 points. She improved her score to 17.67 in the second moguls event but finished fourth. Ballachey was the top J-2 in both runs.

Other Heavenly results from the first event were: Travis Woodcock, third overall, second J-1, 24.03; Ryan HIckey, fourth, first J-3, 21.60; Jonathan Strohm, seventh, first J-2, 20.87; Jason Scott, fourth J-3, 16.57; Derek Dimitri, third J-3, 18.40; Thomas Schwindeman, third J-4, 12.73; Jerel DUtton, second J-5, 10.28; Brent Abrams, eighth J-4, 9.30; Brad Lipovsky, 12th J-4, 1.92; Eric Nageotte, ninth J-4, 4.15; Kyle Hernandez, seventh J-4, 9.47; Korrey Woodcock, fifth J-5, .72; and Grant Devore, 11th J-3, 5.56. Second-event results were: Hickey, seventh overall, second J-3, 21.63; Strohm, eighth, second J-2, 21.09; Scott, 20th, fourth J-3, 17.21; Schwindeman, 28th, third J-4, 12.43; Kyle Hernandez, 33rd, seventh J-4, 9.98; Lipovsky, 34th, eighth J-4, 9.93; Devore, 35th, ninth J-3, 9.78; Woodcock, 42nd, fifth J-1, 7.95; Abrams, 47th, 12th J-4, 5.21; Dutton, 50th, fifth J-5, 4.55; Nageotte, 53rd, 14th J-4, 4.16; Korrey Woodcock, 56th, sixth J-5, 1.02; and Derek Dimitri, 57th, 14th J-3, .75.

Sierra’s Amber Ramos, 11, was the top J-4 before speeding off to compete in the middle school cross-country championships at Auburn Ski Club.

Jonny Moseley, the Winter Games men’s moguls gold medalist, performed six runs for the people who came out to watch.

“They were his training runs, but to everyone else it was a show,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford. “They just looked like his runs on TV in the Olympics. He got the kids fired up big-time.”

Chris Hernandez and Travis Woodcock (Heavenly) put on their own show in Sunday’s upright aerials. According to Crawford, both executed “1080s” as each won one of the two events. Woodcock also won the Far West’s first-ever inverted aerials competition. Strohm was a double J-2 aerials winner for Heavenly.

Results from the first aerials event, which also served as the division championships, were: Chris Hernandez, first overall, 28.16; Travis Woodcock, second overall, first J-1, 27.87; Strohm, third, first J-2, 24.79; Hickey, fourth, first J-3, 24.47; Justin Woodcock, 10th, third J-3, 21.27; Schwindeman, 13th, first J-4, 20.66; Dutton, 14th, first J-5, 19.98; Abrams, 15th, second J-4, 19.83; Scott, 17th, sixth J-3, 19.60; Lipovsky, 28th, ninth J-4, 16.18. In the second aerials, Travis Woodcock was first with 27.67 points. Other results were: Strohm, second, first J-2, 24.89; Hickey, third, first J-3, 24.66; Chris Hernandez, fourth, 24.50; Scott, 14th, fifth J-3, 20.02; Schwindeman, 15th, fourth J-4, 20.01; Dutton, 18th, first J-5, 18.962; Abrams, 21st, fifth J-4, 18.961; Justin Woodcock, 25th, sixth J-3, 17.09; and Lipovsky, 26th, eighth J-4, 16.18.

Heavenly acro results were: Strohm, second overall, second J-2, 8.40; Lipovsky, third, first J-4, 6.00; and Schwindeman, fourth, second J-4, 5.90.

Far West freestyle skiers return to Squaw Valley on Saturday for a 10 a.m. competition.

Five South Shore bump skiers will compete in the U.S. Junior Nationals, which start Tuesday in Winter Park, Colo.

Heavenly Foundation’s Cristie Tibbetts, Travis Woodcock and Ryan Hickey have qualified along with Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Travis Cabral.

The six-day competition includes moguls, upright aerials, inverted aerials and acro.

Heavenly’s Robin Ballachey is an alternate. Sierra’s Amber Ramos, 11, qualified but won’t compete.

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