Team Summit freestylers eye national championship
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Summit County, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Team Summit’s freestyle division has a big month of competition coming up as it enters the home stretch of its season.
Over the next four weeks, the local club will compete in the Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) freestyle championships in Telluride, the Junior Olympics in Steamboat and the national championships in Killington, Vt.
“It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks with a lot of traveling,” Team Summit freestyle coach Chris Carson said. “But we’ve got a lot of skiers with good potential to get results.”
Five Team Summit females ” Jordan Poyfair, Sarah Ruckriegle, Whitney Henceroth, Rebecca Miller and Mikaela Matthews ” recently finished up their season on the NorAm circuit.
“They had some respectable finishes,” Carson said. “But not quite enough to get onto the U.S. Freestyle team. Most of those spots were taken by existing team members.”
Although none of Team Summit’s male skiers qualified for this year’s NorAm circuit, several are doing well in RMD races, according to Carson.
Team veteran John Eaton, who picked up victories in moguls and dual moguls at Breckenridge’s Freestyle at the Summit, Jan. 27-28, is one of them.
“John’s a very acrobatic skier who can make some amazing jumps and recoveries,” Carson said. “He throws off-axis 720s, backflips with a full twist, and his trademark is the 360 cross ” he can do that as well as anyone in the nation, pretty much.”
Other notable male performances this season have come from Riley Campbell, Brandon Denker, Michael “the Bandit” Degrandis and Dylan Walczyk.
Team Summit Freeride members Bobby Brown and Allison Johnston both qualified for the Junior Olympics last weekend at Buttermilk in Aspen by winning RMD combined freestyle championships.
“Bobby is a phenomenal jumper,” Carson said. “He can throw switch 1080s and he’s quite proficient on rails and boxes, too. He’s right at the top of his sport.”
Brown is currently ranked first in the Rocky Mountain Division for slopestyle and second for aerials.
Although Team Summit’s roster for the national championships, which begin March 23, is not fully determined, Carson seems to like his club’s chances.
“Our kids are hard workers,” Carson said. “They ski sometimes five days a week and there’s also some weightlifting and trampoline work. They’re pretty focused for teenagers.”
Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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