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Local amateur athletes have big week

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

It’s been a good week for some of the county’s best amateur freeskiers and snowboarders.

In two different events last weekend – the Gatorade Free Flow Tour stop in Vail and a USASA competition at Copper Mountain – a number of Summit locals and Team Breckenridge Sports Club riders and skiers had impressive finishes.

In Vail, locals won for both men and women in the snowboard slopestyle competitions. Gill Montgomery of Keystone won the women’s competition by 17 points over fellow local rider Emily Blewitt. For the men, Cody Boan scored an impressive 94.0 in the competition to win by nearly 10 points. Nick Larsen of Breck finished in third.

Both Montgomery and Boan have now automatically qualified for the season finals of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, which is an amateur version of the Winter Dew Tour with 10 stops throughout the winter at various resorts across the country.

At Copper, a slew of Summit skiers and riders defended their home turf well.

In the girls’ snowboard slopestyle competition, ages 13-15, Team Breck riders dominated the podium. Emila Wint landed a backflip during her run on her way to the win. Leila Spilman and Brooke Potter finished second and third, respectively.

In the open freeskiing division, Cody Potter finished in third, and fellow Team Breck skier Greg Spalding finished second for the boys’ 10-12 freeskiing division. Also, Adam Zuckerman landed a rodeo to finish third in the 13-15 boys’ division.

The most-heated contest of the day, though, was the boys’ 16-18 freeskiing division, which local riders swept the podium spots. Cullan Moran laid down a run that included a switch rodeo 540 and a switch 1080 on his way to the win. Paul McSparin and Mark Nowakiwsky finished second and third, respectively.


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