Cabral guns for spot on U.S. Ski Team |

Cabral guns for spot on U.S. Ski Team

Steve Yingling

Travis Cabral tuned up for the U.S. Ski Team Selection event by winning a Far West mogul competition last weekend at the North Bowl of Squaw Valley.

The 15-year-old Cabral was more than a point better than his nearest competitor in opening his mogul season with 26-plus points.

“It was a good boost for the season,” Cabral said.

Meanwhile, Heavenly’s Robin Ballachey made a clean run en route to winning the J-1 women’s division with a score of 18.65.

Heavenly coach Jere Crawford is impressed by the start of Ryan Hickey, who finished third among J2s and sixth overall with his total of 23.74.

“Ryan is becoming one of the Far West’s top skiers,” Crawford said.

Heavenly dominated the J4 boys class, placing first through third. Jerel Dutton claimed first with a score of 14.94, followed by Thomas Schwindeman with 13.32 and Brad Lipovsky with 12.48.

Other Heavenly results were: Travis Woodcock, fourth senior, 23.29; Derek Dimitri, fifth J2, 20.71; Jonathan Strohm, sixth J2, 20.62; Tyler Bradford, 10th J2, 15.96; Sho Kashima, sixth J4, 11.30; and Brent Abrams, seventh J4, 9.36.

Cabral is confident entering the first of two U.S. Ski Team Selections events today. The second competition is Friday.

“Of course I’m ready. I’ve been training real hard for it and, hopefully, I’ll come out real well,” Cabral said.

Only the top two finishers in combined rankings from both events will be added to the U.S. Ski Team.

“Right now, my goals are to make the U.S. team and earn a spot to the World Cup at Heavenly,” Cabral said.

Cabral, however, may have an edge over some of the other top competitors. Close friend and training partner Travis Ramos, a U.S. Ski Team member recovering from a torn ACL, is serving as Cabral’s mentor this weekend.

“He’s my favorite teammate and my favorite coach. He just psyches me up for things and helps me out a lot,” Cabral said.

Woodcock and Cristie Tibbetts are also competing at the selection event.

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