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Levy vying for a spot on U.S. freestyle team today

It may be two weeks early, but Ali Levy of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is hoping to get an early Christmas present today in Park City, Utah.

Levy finished fourth on Monday in the first day of singles competition at the U.S. Ski Team’s freestyle selections and needs to have a strong showing today to lock up one of two spots on the U.S. Freestyle Team.

She is currently in third place heading into today’s runs, behind Jill Norman of Parker and Kristen Sweeny whom both finished behind a skier from the Canadian team on Monday.

Levy won the dual moguls competition Tuesday, beating out American McKenzy Golding and Pascal Lamarre of Canadian National team, but the points she won from that event only count towards the USSA standings.

To earn a spot on the team, she will have to place well enough today to have either the first or second-best combined finish.

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” said Levy when asked about the possibility of making the team, if she has a strong finish today. “This will probably be my 10th season skiing moguls, but it definitely hasn’t hit me yet.”

This is Levy’s fourth season training with SSCV. She graduated from Colorado Academy in Denver this past June and attends Middlebury College in Vermont.

Andrew Duke, another SSCV product qualified for the freestyle selections, but was injured during training runs.

Duke landed on his back on top of a mogul after hitting a jump wrong and had to spend a night in the hospital under observation after having chest pains. Doctors determined that air had been leaking out of his esophagus after the fall.

“He came too far forward off of the jump and kind of went over the handlebars,” said Brian Baker, head moguls coach at SSCV. “He thought he just got the wind knocked out of him, but last night he started to develop some symptoms. It wasn’t a tear in the esophagus, but air managed to diffuse out.”

Baker estimates that Duke should be skiing in about a week and a half.

Editor’s note: Check back tomorrow to find out how Levy did in the last day of competition for the U.S. freestyle team selections.

Nate Peterson is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 608 or via npeterson@vaildaily.com.

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