In addition to the stellar performances by Telluride’s ladies, the rest of the team gave a good show in Aspen as well, with all male and female TSSC athletes posting wins and top finishes in the weekend contests.
The highlight of the weekend was the one-two punch that female TSSC mogul skiers McCargo and Cannon delivered during Sunday’s dual moguls event. After winning each of their five previous dual runs, McCargo and Cannon faced off against one another in what became one of the most exciting races for the two skier – at least against one another.
McCargo and Cannon, who have been skiing together as teammates for much of the last five years, have both been schooled under former World Cup mogul skiers Caleb Martin and Harold Ehnbom. On Sunday, after beating all their other competition, these Telluride girls proved they know bumps. After a lightning fast face-off showcasing some of the best turns in town, McCargo narrowly took the win by finishing just a ski-tip’s length ahead of Cannon.
“It’s great to see them ski so well in a head-to-head match against each other,” Martin said, adding that both athletes maintained high turn scores throughout all six duals runs, establishing that they both boast the requisite endurance and consistency necessary for success in the world of dual moguls. Teammate Lane Stoltzner also placed high in dual moguls, finishing sixth on Sunday.
It was the first podium finish in a dual moguls contest for both McCargo and Cannon, and Martin sees the recent Aspen showing as a precursor to future dual moguls victories.
Saturday’s single moguls event was another shining moment for the Telluride ladies, with all three competitors landing top ten finishes in their field of more than 40. McCargo placed seventh overall and third in her F1 age class. Cannon swung in just behind her, taking eighth overall and third in F2s. Stoltzner rounded out the placings with a 10th place finish overall and fifth for F2s.
The male contingent of the TSSC team fared just as well. In the single moguls event on Saturday, Jimmy Discoe narrowly edged out brother Joe – by a mere 7/100ths of a point – to take first place overall. Wade Parkinson, despite succumbing to a few bumbles near the bottom of the course, still finished in the top ten, in eighth overall and third in the M1 age class.
Young TSSC mogul skiers Hunter Gleason, Michael Gardner and Ryan Parkinson all established that they’re ready for the big time, throwing huge airs (helicopters and back flip iron crosses for both Gleason and Gardner) during Saturday’s contest. Gleason finished 25th overall in the men’s field of more than 60; Gardner placed 37th; and Parkinson finished 63rd due to a high-speed crash at the bottom jump.
During Sunday’s dual moguls event, Joe Discoe finished second, Jimmy Discoe placed fourth after bruising his shins in the quarter-final round and opting to sit out the rest of the event, and Wade Parkinson finished fifth.
According to Martin, Telluride’s all around high finishes over the weekend put the team in good positioning for their upcoming string of regional competitions.
“We’ll be competing every weekend this month, with the game plan being to earn enough points in the next events to qualify for Nationals and Junior Nationals,” Martin said, adding that after January’s push the team plans to spend much of February in training here in Telluride.
The team will travel to Durango next weekend for a regional event, followed by a trip to Steamboat Springs the following weekend. TSSC freestyle’s younger competitors will have the chance to shine on home turf this weekend, when Telluride hosts a Southwest Mogul Tour contest. It is the second event in the four-race series; the first contest was held last weekend in Durango. See below for Telluride’s results.
Durango Mountain Resort Jan. 6, 2007
1st, Chrysanthe Demas, 13.27
4th, Jessica Jones, 9.79
1st, Keaton McCargo, 13.16
2nd, Jessica Solomon, 12.44
3rd, Dale Kondracki, 10.24
5th, Jessie Hild, 9.41
1st, Kealey Zaumseil, 11.18
2nd, Robin Kondracki, 10.38
3rd, Maddie Johnson, 8.14
1st, Kenzie Zaumseil, 8.32
2nd, Skyler Nunn, 7.84
1st, Colten Rogers, 12.77
4th, James Triola, 7.30
1st, Nicholas Jones, 14.34
7th, Samuel Demas, 11.25
9th, Brooks Rogers, 10.05
11th, Orion Willits, 9.61
13th, Tashi Hackett, 7.37
15th, Christopher Schroeder, 5.76
2nd, Morgan Osborne, 14.02
3rd, Benni Solomon, 13.62
4th, Zachary Nunn, 12.49