Bailey second at nationals
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Hunter Bailey worked his way through a very competitive field of some of the best mogul skiers in the country to finish second at the J2 Freestyle Junior Nationals last weekend.Bailey, last year’s J3 national champion, reached the podium Friday as a first-year J2. He’s all of 15, and this bodes very well for Bailey to have another year of competing in this age group for next season.”I am very proud of Bailey for his performance,” said coach Mike Friedberg. “This is the first time he has qualified for the finals at this level. He showed a lot of composure throughout the competition, and it’s exciting that he did this well for his first season in this age group.”With his podium finish, Bailey qualified for the U.S. Ski Team’s Young Guns program. This program is for up-and-coming freestyle skiers and is a pipeline for athletes with potential to make the U.S. team. Bailey will have the opportunity to work with former members of the U.S. Freestyle Team for one week in June at the U.S. Ski Team’s center of excellence in Park City, Utah. Also representing SSCV at the Freestyle Junior Nationals was Erin Coyne and Adam Jones. Coyne missed the mogul finals on Friday by one spot.Big Mountain Team in CaliforniaSSCV Big Mountain Team’s Erik Hilb, 15, took seventh for the 15-18 year-old boys with two consistent, technical runs on Squaw Valley (Calif.)’s Enchanted Forest venue during last weekend’s stop on the Junior Freeskiing World Tour.Hilb received high scores for the creative approach to his line. “Erik really stepped it up on both of his runs,” said Hilb’s coach Garrett Scahill. “He was competing head to head with some of the best junior freeskiers in the country.” Overcoming a fall on her first run, Anna Suszynski laid down her most aggressive run of the season to finish in the top 10 for the 15-18 girls. SSCV’s Big Mountain Team heads to Grand Targhee, Wyo., last weekend.