Hickey, Ramos win Far West bump opener
While most of their peers can focus on mogul skiing throughout the year, Ryan Hickey and Amber Ramos don’t let their outside athletic interests interfere with their success on the bumps.
Hickey, a wide receiver with velcro hands for South Tahoe High in the fall, and Ramos, a runner in the fall and spring and mountain biker in the summer, won the Far West opener Sunday at Alpine Meadows.
Hickey of Heavenly won the male division with a single-run judged score of 25.39. Meanwhile, Ramos of Sierra-at-Tahoe kept her impressive list of accomplishments coming by winning the female division with a 22.65 effort.
Heavenly’s Courtney Royce, a J4, was runner-up to Ramos at 19.85.
“I was really pleased by how they skied because they have had virtually no training on a course … only one day each,” said Heavenly freestyle coach Jere Crawford, referring to the performances of Hickey and Royce.
Other Heavenly results included: Sho Kashima, No. 1 J3 and ninth overall, 20.0; Jerel Dutton, third J3 and 17th overall, 18.5; Jason Strull, fifth J2 and 23rd overall, 16.97; Derek Clemmensen, eighth J2 and 35th overall, 14.78; and Scott Lusby, 11th J3 and 42nd overall, 11.87.
Competition began two weeks earlier than normal, and it couldn’t have come any sooner for Crawford’s eager bumpers.
“It’s not real fun skiing flat runs and doing dryland training, weightlifting and gymnastics. They’ve been real patient,” Crawford said.
Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Chris Stamme finished fifth among J1s and seventh overall with his score of 20.65 and teammate Luke Palmieri came in 31st – sixth among J3s – at 16.31.
The next Far West event is scheduled for Dec. 27 or 28 at Squaw Valley.
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