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Wookcock best at Nor-Am combined

Michael Traum

Travis Woodcock can do almost anything on skis – and he proved it last weekend.

The 17-year-old Heavenly Foundation freestyler collected the men’s inverted aerial combined overall title at a Nor-Am event at Blackcomb, B.C. Woodcock was first with 239.96 points among some of North America’s top athletes, including Chad St. Onge, who finished first at last year’s national qualifier.

“That’s a big stepping stone for Travis to do something like that. It’s a step closer to moving up to the next level,” said Heavenly freestyle coach Jere Crawford. “He hasn’t even filled out yet. When he gets a little more muscle – look out.”

The inverted competition combines the power of moguls, the athleticism of inverted aerials and the grace of acro (ballet). Woodcock devotes significant time to all three in order to compete at such a high level.

“I train all summer for aerials and five days a week during the season on moguls. For acro, it’s not so much training time. I just need to perform like an actor,” Woodcock said.

Woodcock was ahead going into the final event – the inverted jumping. On the first attempt, he performed a single-back flip layout. In the second, he nailed a double-back layout in the tuck position.

“Going into that final event, I thought another guy was right on my tail. I went for it in the aerials,” Woodcock said.

With the victory, the South Shore resident earned an invitation to the Junior World Championships in Finland in three weeks. While he’s unsure whether he’ll make the European trip, Woodcock does plan to attend the U.S. Junior Nationals next week in Winter Park, Colo.

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