Freestyle Skiers Hit It Hard Across North America
by Martinique Davis
Jan 21, 2009 | 1052 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TELLURIDE – From the icy slopes of Mt. Gabriel, Quebec to the fresh powder at Steamboat, Telluride freestyle skiers have been ripping up the bumps across North America over the last two weeks.

The first Rocky Mountain Competitive Series event of the season was held on a cold, snowy weekend in Steamboat, where TSSC skiers held their own against a large field of regional skiers.

“At 240 meters it was a pretty long course, so it was definitely a challenge for our skiers since we have not had a top to bottom two air course to train on here at home,” said head coach and TSSC freestyle program director Caleb Martin.

Keaton McCargo skied two solid runs, relying on tight, clean skiing to come up with a 14th place overall and third in her F3 age class.

Bridger Johnson, competing in his first-ever Rocky Mountain Division event, missed the 50 percent performance cut after crashing in the first round on singles day, but bounced back with a stand up top to bottom run with a Kosak trick on the top air and Iron Cross on the bottom to win his first dual. He then drew the eventual winner, Ryan Dyer of Steamboat, and lost despite laying down another aggressive stand up run.

Ryan Parkinson and Nicki Jones also competed in Steamboat, finishing 20th and 31st overall in singles and tying for 17th in duals.

Last weekend, Telluride skiers competed at the second Rocky Mountain event of the season, held at Aspen Highlands. In the weekend’s single moguls events, Keaton McCargo finished with a ninth and 12th overall – representing second and third in her F3 age class. Parkinson captured a weekend best result of 20th overall and sixth in M2s, while Johnson finished 50th and 56th.

At last weekend’s NorAm Cup event in Canada, Ridgway’s Joe Discoe landed a third and a fourth place finish, despite competing amid a very strong field of 82 including 15 World Cup athletes from Canada, the U.S., Japan, Sweden, and Norway. Brother Jimmy, who has also landed a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Team, finished 30th in the first day’s event and did not compete on day two as a precaution (Jimmy is just returning to the competitive circuit after ACL reconstruction).

An “on fire” Wade Parkinson finished 13th on the second day, while Lindsey Cannon took home a best finish of 17th and Lane Stoltzner finished 25th and 28th.

The team had just come off a hard-charging weekend of competition at Killington, in which they faced off against World Cup athletes like Emiko Torito and David Babic (eventual winners of the single moguls event).

Jimmy Discoe placed seventh and Cannon landed in the top 10 in ninth place overall, while Parkinson placed 13th and Zak Watkins took 23rd.

In the dual moguls event at Killington, Cannon finished 14th after making the first round cut, losing in the first round to Jordan Poyfair. Watkins finished sixth after losing in the round of eight to Jeremy Cota, and Joe Discoe finished fifth after losing to eventual event winner Sho Kashima in the round of eight.

Unfortunately for Jimmy Discoe, it has been decided that he will not get a World Cup start at the next event in Deer Valley. He and brother Joe have both been named as U.S. Ski Team “C” team members.
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