Ski & Snowboard Club Vail moguls crew rocks Copper
Junior National Freestyle Championships are next
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail moguls skiers traveled to Copper Mountain for the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Competition Divisional Series Championships.
On Saturday, the RMF Mogul Divisional Championship featured SSCV athletes of all ages. In one of the standout performances of the day, 17-year-old Nash Lucas put together a second run good enough to win his first singles event of the year and achieve a new personal best score of 86.71, 5 points ahead of the second-place finisher from Telluride, Charlie Mickel.
SSCV teammate Mylo Ornowski had the fastest run time and the biggest air scores of the day, but errors on the top section of the course dropped him to fourth place.
U15 athlete Jiah Cohen came away with a top-10 finish overall and a silver medal for his age group. Similarly, Caden McCormick grabbed second place in the U13 division.
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Sunday came to a head with an intense dual-moguls event. After battling it out with the top seeds in five rounds of side-by-side racing, Ornowski bounced back from mistakes and won.
In the semifinal round of competition, Ornowski edged out his teammate and the overall winner from the day before — Lucas — to take on Steamboat’s Xander Tatar-Brown in the finals. The results of the final round saw Ornowski atop the podium, with Tatar-Brown in second and Lucas in third.
On the girls side, U13 Cali Carr secured a gold medal in her age class with her quick bumps and stellar exits from both the top and bottom airs in the open-mogul event. Teammate Kaiya Torres also unveiled a new air sequence of 360 to 360x to score her a second-place finish in the women’s U15 open mogul. In the dual-moguls championship the next day, Carr won four out of five matchups and fell to fifth.
Next week, SSCV’s top regional skiers will travel to Winter Park to compete at the Junior National Freestyle Championships.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.