Norton podiums twice at JOs
Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation member Hughston Norton traveled with the Far West team to the J3 Junior Olympics (ages 13-14) at Bogus Basin Idaho, which was held in conjunction with the J4 Festival (ages 11-12). And the local skier made the most of his showing.
Norton won a slalom race and took second in a super-G, totaling two podiums out of three races at the prestigious event. Athletes from Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Intermountain, North and Far West all competed for slots to attend the Whistler Cup, also known as the International Juvenile Ski Race.
With such a display of talent, Norton qualified for the Whistler Cup and will respresent the United States this week in British Columbia. The United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) National Development System manages the Whistler Cup, which attracts competitors representing countries from all over the world.
Squaw Valley’s Max Hall, who took third in the super-G and won the giant slalom, also qualified for the Whistler Cup.
Freestylers compete at nationals
Heavenly freestyle skier Jimmy Roberts led his team with a 12th-place finish in a men’s dual moguls competition last Sunday at the U.S. Freestyle National Championships in Deer Valley, Utah. He also won a cash prize of $2,500 for throwing a huge back flip that earned the best trick of the day.
Marshall Curtzwiler placed 30th in duals, a solid showing for a J3 skier. He was the youngest male in the competition. Brandon Hartstein, meanwhile, placed 41st in duals.
In the girls’ event, Hannah Curtzwiler placed 17th in women’s duals, one spot shy of the qualifying for the finals. She was skiing great in the singles competition but walked out of a ski during a run. Rebecca Roberts and Alyssa Lowe were eligible to compete but elected to stay home.