Heidi Kloser wins two freestyle comps in Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL ” And in sports news from Vail, a Kloser won two competitions.
But move over, Dad, that would be Heidi Kloser.
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail hosted the Vail Valley Freestyle Open Mogul Competition last weekend, which was the last chance for freestyle skiers to qualify for the Junior Olympics in Waterville Valley, N.H.
With the heat on, and the start list full of very experienced competitors, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Kloser showed she belongs with the best, winning both Saturday’s and Sunday’s women’s competitions.
And that’s a good thing because while winning Saturday, Kloser said, “I could have improved the middle section of the course,” referring to the section of the course between the upper and lower jumps.
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The mogul run on which these skiers compete had a top mogul section, then a jump on which the skiers catch air and throw a trick, a middle section of bumps, another lower jump, and then the last mogul section.
These skiers go through each mogul section as fast as they can, and, somehow manage to gain their composure enough to throw themselves into the air doing backflips, frontflips, and a host of other complicated tricks they practice on the hill and on trampolines. Athletes are judged for their skiing skills and their skills in the air as they initiate acrobatic maneuvers.
After being critical of her winning performance in Saturday’s competition, Kloser did what she wanted to do Sunday. She not only improved the middle section of her runs, but she said, “I went bigger off the jumps. I felt a little out of control on both my runs today,”
Kloser’s coach, Brian Baker, said of Kloser and her teammate Kristy Waring, “They have confidence in their skiing and the results are showing it.”
Waring finished ninth in Saturday’s competition and 10th on Sunday.
“We also have a group of young men competing that show great promise,” Baker said.
These 12-year-old skiers are competing alongside 19-year-old seasoned freestyle competitors. Of note were Hunter Bailey who finished third for the J3 boys and Tyler Jones finishing 39th on Sunday.