Aspen’s Moyer getting used to prestigous events |

Aspen’s Moyer getting used to prestigous events

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
JO's super-G Moyer KA 03-08-09

VAIL, Colorado ” Excuse Apsen’s Bobby Moyer if he’s not sweating his results from the J3 Junior Olympics.

That’s what happens when you’re used to racing in some of the most pretigous events in the world. Earlier this season, Moyer represented the United States at the Topolino Games in Italy. Buck Hill’s Paula Moltzan also went to test her skills against some the top talent in the world.

While Moyer didn’t fare as well as he wanted, it was an eye-opening experience for him. On his trip, he learned how Europeans approach their skiing.

“It was cool to see all the Europeans and what they were doing at the same age as us,” Moyer said. “They take it way more serious than everyone in America. It’s good to see what you have to do to reach the top level.”

Moyer and Moltzan’s experience is paying off. Both won titles on Sunday in the super-G.


The weather at the J3 Junior Olympics has been nearly as adventurous as the skiing. On the first day of competition, 40 mph winds greeted the racers for training.

A heavy snowstorm threatened to wipe out the downhill a couple of days later. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail coach J.J. Jensen guessed an inch of snow fell on the course in 15 minutes on Saturday.

Fortunately, the weather turned on Sunday. A sun-splashed course provided perfected racing conditions for the super-G.

So, what does the weather have in store for the next couple of days? According to, snow showers are in the forecast for both Monday and Tuesday. Better bundle up.

Giant slalom

The girls’ giant slalom is next on the schedule at Junior Olympics. The boys get a break today before taking their turn on the giant slalom course.

While the past two days of racing have been all about speed, today the skiers will need their technical skill. The giant slalom course will be set up on Golden Peak, but will start further down.

Jensen expects many of the same skiers that finished high in the super-G and downhill to contend in the giant slalom. Of course, Jensen is hoping for another big day from SSCV.

“I expect us to finish stronger tomorrow than we did today,” Jensen said. “I think we could get a couple of more kids in the top 10 tomorrow.”

The first run starts at 10 a.m. with the second run following at 1 p.m.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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