Summit skiers shine at national competition held on Copper Mountain slopes
Following the success of Summit County’s best snowboarders last week, local freeskiers dominated multiple events while competing at the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association National Championships at Copper Mountain Resort.
Lainey Steen was one of those athletes. She won four different events during the four-day competition, held April 10-13, in the age group for 9- to 10-year-old girls. Steen, who trains with Team Summit, showed off her talent by winning the slopestyle competition with a top score of 90. She then placed first in the ski cross, ski rail jam and halfpipe competitions.
Steen was not the only Summit County local to show off her versatility in the age group for 9- to 10-year-old girls. Naomi Lyman also competed in four different freeski events.
After finishing 18th in the girl’s slopestyle competition, where she was not being able to put down a solid run, Lyman was nearly unstoppable in the ski cross and rail jam competitions. She placed second in those events behind Steen.
Lyman finished off the week with a sixth place finish in the girls halfpipe finals on the last day of competition.
Summit’s Andrew Thisted laid it down in the age group for 7- to 8-year-old boys. He placed first in slopestyle finals by a margin of almost four points. Thisted didn’t stop there. He had another gold-meda-winning performance in the boy’s halfpipe before he placed second in the ski cross competition.
Thisted’s sibling, Avery, also had an impressive time at nationals. She placed second in the age division for 13- to 14-year-old girls during the slopestyle competition. Out of all of her scores, she had a top total of 95.
In the ski cross competition, Summit County had four athletes place within the top five in their respective age divisions. Walker Robinson led the way with a first place finish in the age group for 15- to 16-year-old boys.
Jamison Lee placed second in age group just below Robinson, which had 13- to 14-year old boys in it, while Blaise and Wyatt Lyman both placed fifth in their respective age brackets.
In the age division for 13- to 14-year-old boys, Owen Mckibbin did his best during the freeski halfpipe competition to mimic Olympian Alex Ferreira. He glided up the halfpipe walls with ease, performing ski grabs on his way back down to earth.
Mckibbin received a huge score of 98 for his performance, but it was not enough for the win since Hunter Maytin of Aspen topped Mckibbin by a point.
Evan Wischmeyer followed Mckibbin with a top score of 95 to place fifth in the high-stakes competition.
Wischmeyer also competed in the ski rail jam and the slopestyle competition where he took home the championship title in both. In his slopestyle gold-medal-winning performance, Wischmeyer went massive, receiving a score of 98 to defeat the rest of the competition.
Rounding out the talent for the Summit County skiers in the halfpipe competition were Brandt Brudenell and Emma Grippi, who both placed sixth in their respective age divisions.
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