In Steamboat Springs, Telluride freestylers took to the course with coaches Caleb Martin and Kris Pepe to bring home a couple of podiums and some strong first-time Rocky results for Freestyle’s youngest Champ Mogul members.
Wade Parkinson ripped to a strong second-place finish on Saturday, as teammate Morgan Osborne landed an impressive 12th place finish in a stacked field. Benni Solomon finished in 23rd, Nicki Jones 25th, Bridger Johnson 41st and Zach Nunn 61st.
Keaton McCargo skied two solid runs on Saturday, taking second, followed by teammate Kealey Zaumseil in ninth, in the first away Champ mogul event.
Full Results Saturday Single Moguls:
Morgan Osborne 2nd M3, 12 Overall
Benni Solomon - 5th M3, 23rd overall
Zach Nunn - 24th M3, 61st overall
Nicholas Jones - 9th M1, 25th overall
Bridger Johnson - 13th M1, 41st overall
Keaton McCargo - 1st F2 - 2nd overall
Kealey Zaumseil - 3rd F2, 9th overall
Skylar Nunn - 2nd F4, 20th overall
Emma Spaulding - 3rd F4, 29th overall
Kenzie Zaumseil - 6th F3, 31st overall
Sunday Dual Moguls saw quite a few Telluride skiers eliminated in round one or two of their pairings, but Troy Tully skied well and brought home a third-place finish for Team Telluride Men and Keaton McCargo brought home a second-place finish in Women’s Duals.
The Junior Mogul Team crushed it Sunday in Steamboat Springs, on a course that was extremely challenging with a steep pitch, deep and icy ruts and big jump onto a difficult landing pad. The young Telluride athletes coached by Nori Lupfer and Tobin Taylor skied aggressively. The Jansen family dominated the podium with a second place and two first place finishes, Ella Jansen taking 1st in the F6 category, followed by teammate Ruby Humes in 2nd. Will Jansen took 1st in M5s by almost three points, followed by by teammates Carlo Pine 4th, Andalo Santagelo 7th and Johan Jodlowski 9th. In the J3 category, Tyler Jansen took 2nd in M3s and Ava Jodlowski took 5th in the F3s. In the overall, Will Jansen (10 years old) placed 2nd against nearly 70 competitors in the men’s division.
On the alpine race front, the firm conditions have the racers sharpening their edges; last weekend, the club sent 28 J-4 and J-5 racers (ages 9 to 13) to Crested Butte to compete against kids from across the state, in the Bolle Age Class Giant Slalom, where, in four GS races over the course of the weekend, “we totally dominated the top 10 in each race this weekend,” said a proud coach Nate Bowman.
Twelve members of the club’s Champ Mogul Team (ages 11-23) headed to Steamboat for a Rocky Mountain Division weekend of single and dual mogul action, along with 10 members of the Freestyle Junior Mogul Team (ages 8-10).
Alpine Coaches Ashley Babcock, Lang Schuler, Kevin Riley and Sheilagh Roufa accompanied skiers along with their many fans, to coach and cheer our Telluride racers. The snow, like across the rest of our state, was a little sparse and as a result the race organizers chose to use the same course for both boys and girls.
J-4 Will Plantz stood on the highest tier of the podium three out of four times, moving up from fifth on his first run (skiing with badly fogged goggles) to first, thereafter, followed by teammates Finn Bailis (two third-place and two fourth-place finishes) and Alby Rolfs (a fifth and sixth-place run). Notable top ten finishes for the boys went to Marco Canclini and Morgan Bradley.
Telluride Alpine girls were impressive, with a first-ever podium for Thea Lucarelli. Lucarelli and Soleil Gaylord each found their way to the podium twice over the course of the weekend’s events; Kendahl Roufa stood atop the J5 podium with a second place and Caroline Lucarelli, Gabrielle Chamberlain, and Morgan Omer all had impressive top ten performances each of the two days.