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Levy bashes to a first-place finish in Mont Ste-Anne

Nate Peterson

After earning a spot on the U.S. Freestyle C-Team in December in Park City, Utah, Ali Levy doesn’t want to ever have to try out again.

The Ski and Snowboard Club Vail product won’t have to, either, if she keeps skiing with the same ferocity with which she has attacked the NorAm Grand Prix this past month, notching two top-three finishes, one top-ten and another top-20 in the last two freestyle moguls events.

“I think it’s going pretty well,” said Levy, the current NorAm Grand Prix overall points leader. “I’m progressing pretty well so far. With being on the U.S. team, the coaching has been pretty individualized. It has just been me with three other athletes on the team and one or two coaches at every event. So, I’ve definitely gotten better, just from the one-on-one instruction.”

The U.S. team guarantees a spot to any freestyler who finishes either first or second in the NorAm singles moguls standings or first in the dual moguls rankings.

So, as long as Levy finishes out the season strong at the NorAm moguls finals in Apex, British Columbia on Feb. 27, she doesn’t have to worry about earning her spot back – at least for this year.

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Levy had her strongest showing of the season at the Mont Ste-Anne NorAm in Quebec, Feb. 7-8. She picked up a third-place podium spot in the singles moguls competition on Saturday, then won the dual moguls competition on Sunday.

A week later in Killington, Vt., she had another strong finish in the duals, grabbing a sixth-place finish on Friday the 13th. Her singles moguls runs didn’t go so well, though, the day before as she rounded out the top 20.

“I didn’t really have my best weekend in Killington, but you can’t always be on top,” Levy said.

Currently Levy is back in Vail training with SSCV coaches before she heads off to British Columbia on Tuesday.

Freeskiers shine

SSCV’s freeskiing contingent has been slaying the competition the last two weeks in the Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle Tour.

On Feb. 6 at the Telluride Freestyle Challenge, Vail big air pilots Casey Baskins and John Spriggs finished second and third, respectively, in the big air competition.

Baskins also tore it up in the halfpipe competition, winning top honors, while teammate John Miln finished second.

Spriggs finished just off the podium in fourth.

Monday at Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain, Spriggs picked up two second-place finishes in back-to-back halfpipe events and Matt Luczkow finished third in the first halfpipe competition of the day.

Next up for the SSCV Freeskiing Team is the March 3 big air and halfpipe competitions at Steamboat Springs.

Contact sports writer Nate Peterson at 949-0555 ext. 608 or via e-mail at npeterson@vaildaily.com

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