Ski Club Vail teens go 1-2 in Breck pipe |

Ski Club Vail teens go 1-2 in Breck pipe

Shauna Farnell

BRECKENRIDGE – Tony Seibert and Pat Baskins are into the money. The 16 and 14-year-old Ski Club Vail freestylers went 1-2 Sunday in the Breckenridge Spring Massive pro halfpipe competition, beating out a field of established, sponsored athletes.”They were up against some big names,” said Ski Club Vail freestyle coach Noah Brooks. “They really put it together.”In his winning run, Seibert threw a 540 spin, a straight air, a 900 and an ally-oop (spinning up the pipe from the wall rather than down it) 720. In his second run, he attempted his first alley ally-oop 900, but didn’t land it.”I wanted to try something new,” Seibert said. “Everyone kept falling. I was surprised. I got kind of lucky.”Regardless of whether luck played a part in his win, Seibert is $600 richer.”I was pretty excited, just because there’s money involved,” he said. “This is my first time winning money in a competition.”Baskins wasn’t disappointed with his $400 for second place, either. The 14-year-old put down a right-side 540, a 900, a straight air and wrapped up with a 720. He also decided to experiment in his second run and threw a switch (backwards) 720.”The sport is heading in the direction where you’ll need to do switch stuff in the halfpipe,” Baskins said. “That’s why I wanted to do it.”The competition was the last of the season for both Vail skiers.”It gives me confidence, but I’m not going to change anything going into next year,” Baskins said. “I’ll just have fun and do what I do best.”Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext.14632, or, Colorado

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