TSSC Sends Five Freestylers to Nationals
by Martinique Davis
Mar 22, 2012 | 723 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TELLURIDE – With the end of season inching closer, local ski athletes have been ramping up for the winter’s final competitive push.

Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club’s freestyle and freeride teams have traveled far and wide, flying the TSSC flag at end-of-season events from Winter Park to Taos.

At the Rocky Mountain Divisional Mogul Championships in Winter Park earlier this month, Team Telluride Freestyle put a whopping six skiers on the podium throughout the weekend. Keaton McCargo was first overall on single moguls day, while Kealey Zaumseil placed third in her F2 division and fourth overall. Skylar Nunn took second for the F4s, just ahead of Emma Spaulding who finished third in the F4 division.

On the men’s side for single moguls, Wade Parkinson placed sixth overall, and fourth in the senior division; Morgan Osborne finished tenth overall, taking second place in the M3 age class in the process, while Benni Solomon scooted in just behind his teammate at 11th overall and third for M3s.

In the dual moguls contest, Nicki Jones finished fourth, earning himself a trip to Nationals, while Wade Parkinson came in at fifth. Zaumseil also placed fifth for the women.

Morgan Osborne qualified in seventh for singles but fell in his finals run and ended up in 20th. Nicki Jones barely missed the top 20 finals cut, landing in 21st place.

On the freeride circuit, it was Telluride’s own Kyle Koenig who blasted the course, and his competition, at the Taos Solomon Extreme at the beginning of the month. Koenig won it for the junior men, but also scored high enough to have placed him third in the senior division.

Parkinson, Osborne, Jones, McCargo, and Zaumseil are now in Stratton, Vermont, gearing up for this weekend’s US Freestyle Nationals, an event each skier qualified for thanks to strong finishes throughout the 2011-2012 ski season.

Additionally, McCargo qualified for Junior Worlds, a highly selective annual event to be held in Valmalenco, Italy this week. McCargo qualified for Worlds in duals moguls, and was also named first alternate for single moguls. “She is not going to attend since it conflicts with Nationals... but a cool honor, nonetheless,” says her mother, Jenny Page.
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