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Boucher has extremely good performance

Steve Yingling

Quash the rumor: Andrew Boucher, Janez Demsar and Laurel Stanford didn’t need to finish in the top three in the Southwest Airlines Extreme Championships to retain their jobs Kirkwood.

With their ability, a top-three showing was a forgone conclusion in the Thursday through Saturday event at Kirkwood Ski Resort.

Boucher wrapped up the Big Mountain Tour men’s snowboarding title with a 7.5-point victory over South Lake Tahoe’s Paul Dunn. Stanford, a Kirkwood race coach, tied for third in the women’s skiing competition. The 27-year-old Demsar, who drives a skier shuttle, nearly defended his title in the men’s skiing division, losing the championship by seven points to Jason Prigge of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

“Just finishing the three-day event without crashing and getting injured is a major accomplishment and getting second place is very satisfactory,” Demsar said. “The snow conditions were changing daily, and it was definitely more dangerous than last year.”

In addition, Demsar said the championships were more competitive than last year because seldom-skied parts of the Cirque Bowl were used.

“Nobody ever gets to ski up there,” said Demsar, a former Slovenian Olympic team member. “You had to be creative picking the line. Inspection prior to the event was so important so you could pick a good line, score good points and avoid the dangers.

“I always try to ski section by section. I’m always confident what I’m going to ski. I’m not skiing anything that I think is beyond my capability and that I feel I can injure myself.”

Jeremy Nobis, a former U.S. Olympian, won the final run in his extreme debut. Overall, Nobis tied Clint Fiala of Tahoe City and Matt Belleville of Breckenridge, Colo., for third.

Brant Moles of Park City, Utah, was well back in sixth place but still accrued enough points to win the tour title.

Jaime Burge of Truckee was runner-up to tour champion A.J. Cargill in women’s skiing. Stanford and Reno’s Anna Kanawrowski tied for third.

Meanwhile, Snow Peterson of Red Cliff, Colo., finally shook Kate Moriarty of Vail, Colo., to win the tour title. Peterson scored 11 more points than Moriarty in series finale. South Shore’s Anastacia Arago was second while Australia’s Marguerite Cossettini finished third in Saturday’s finals.

Demsar intends to compete in the World Extreme Championships next month in Valdez, Alaska, and needs some financial assistance to make the trip. Mulligan’s Bar & Restaurant is holding a fund-raiser on Thursday night. There will be a live band, with a $4 cover charge. Demsar will receive 20 percent of the take for his trip.

Southwest Airlines Extreme Championships

AT KIRKWOOD’S CIRQUE BOWL

Saturday’s Final Results

Women’s Skiing

1. A.J. Cargill, 124.5 points over three runs; 2. Jamie Burge, 124; 3. (tie) Laurel Stanford, 122; and Anna Kanarowski, 122; 5. Danean Boukather, 102.5; 6. Katie Writer, 101; 7. Barb Peters, 95.5; 8. Heidi VanWinkle, 72; 9. Tiffany Shannis, 41.

Women’s Snowboarding

1. Snow Peterson, 101.5 points over three runs; 2. Anastacia Aragon, 89; 3. Marguerite Cossettini, 88.5; 4. Kate Moriarity, 83.5; 5. Amanda House, 75.5.

Men’s Snowboarding

1. Andrew Boucher, 125.5 over three runs; 2. Paul Dunn, 118; 3. Korey Kaczmarek, 115.5; 4. Chuck Patterson, 115; 5. Eric Arnold, 110; 6. Pat Bonser, 108; 7. Carsten Bahnson, 105; 8. Todd Davis, 98.5; 9. Adam Devargas, 97.5; 10. Richard Williams, 94; 11. Pete Bennet, 93.5; 12. (tie) David Salazar, 89.5; and John Hartman, 89.5; 14. Kevin Cooper, 89; 15. Hayden Hanes, 70; 16. Lance Cyr, 32.5.

Men’s Skiing (not available)


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