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Vail’s Coudouy places third at Copper in freeride event

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COPPER MOUNTAIN – Representing Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s freeride team for the 10- to 12-year-old boys, Felix Coudouy, Shane Ridler and Izak Little competed against some of the best freeskiers in the country at Monday’s halfpipe contest for the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, and Coudouy took third against a field of 43 others.

“Felix ripped up the halfpipe with some really big amplitude,” said coach Dave Zweig. “At the bottom of his run he threw a big 900, 2/12 spins out of the pipe.”

Coudouy was in a superpipe, with 22-foot-high walls.



“On Coudouy’s second run I told him to have fun and do some big tricks,” Zweig said. “He went out and had fun, and it paid off. Just being at this nationals event is a big step for these young skiers.”

SSCV’s John Leonard, Broby Leeds, and Tyler Peterson competed in Monday’s slopestyle nationals alongside a very strong field. In the open class category, Leeds placed seventh, with Leonard on his heels in eighth.



“Leeds and Leonard skied really strong,” said Zweig. “Both of them stepped up and putdown some big runs.”

There was also a rail jam in Monday. SSCV’s Jesse Ridler and Cole Pates made it to the finals in the rail jam, with Pates taking third in the 14-and-older open-class division.

The USASA Nationals were scheduled to continue Tuesday at Copper Mountain.



Triple crown for SSCV Freeskiing

COPPER – First in Junior Olympics halfpipe, first at USSA Nationals halfpipe, and now first at USASA Nationals nalfpipe.

After a week of sunshine here in Colorado, the snow returned just in time for the USASA Nationals halfpipe ski competition at Copper Mountain on Sunday. Peter Adam Crook, of Team Vail, won the open-class event, the group with highest level of competition.

“While I think it was smart of Adam to prepare his skis the night before in anticipation of snow, I think he would have skied well regardless,” said coach Elana Chase. “Adam had great training on Friday and Saturday, and he told me he was feeling it!”

Crooks’s run was a cork 9-tail with his signature grab, 9-unnatural, flair, alley-oops true flat-5, and a stylish-1080 with a tail grab.

“Adam is a beautiful skier. When he hits his tricks, it’s among some of the most stylish pipe tricks in the whole sport,” said Chase

Other exciting performances included SSCV’s John Leonard who placed fifth and was just coming off a win at the Junior Olympics. Leonard also won best trick in the halfpipe with a huge cork 1260.

“Despite the snow, John didn’t have any problems with his amplitude,” coach Chase said. He has the natural ability to boost.”

Broby Leeds from Vail, also just returning from his fourth-place finish at USSA Nationals in Vermont, placed in the top ten here at Copper. Although there were good moments to Broby’s skiing with switch tricks, 900’s and his 1080 in practice, he just lacked enough overall impression to seize a high score from the judges.

“Broby was one of the victims of the slow snow,” Chase said. “His skis were running slow so he couldn’t reach is normal amplitude.”

On the women’s side, Kendall Deighan of Vail placed second behind X Games competitor, Maddie Bowman.

“I was impressed with Kendall’s ability to improvise,” Chase said. When she knew Maddie’s score was much higher than hers was after the first run, Kendall just started adding tricks. She really went for it and closed the gap, but Maddie has a little more experience than Kendall right now.”

To finish out the day strong, SSCV’s Freeride team also posted top results in slopestyle.

Mitchell Lee won the event for today and won the 13-15 year old category.


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