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SSCV finds success at Youth Olympic Games

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Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s skiers and snowboarders at the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, are seeing success after training hard, and for Aaron Blunck, his success came in the skier halfpipe Sunday.

Blunck was able to parlay his qualifying round into a bronze medal in the finals Sunday.

“The run that put me in third was a lot like the (Revolution Tour) run I had earlier this month,” said Blunck. “It was a double flair, left cork nine, right cork nine, left 5, right cork 1080, switch 7, to flair. I could not have been more stoked.”

As for SSCV’s Alexandra Fitch, she rode to a fourth in the qualifying rounds and held on to that place in Sunday’s snowboard halfpipe finals. Also there for the SSCV snowboarders is Indigo Monk, who finished eighth in the finals.

And then there is Alex Leever, SSCV’s alpine racer at these games. Leever’s first race was a super-G on Saturday (16th).

Sunday was a super-combined race for Leever. Super-combined is one run of super G and one run of slalom for a combined time. After doing OK in the speed portion, he finished fourth in slalom for a 10th place overall.

“I knew I had to push it to the limit in the slalom to have a chance,” said Leever. “To see my name on top of the leader board when I came down was an incredible feeling. I was hoping that my slalom run would be fast enough to put me in the top 10 overall, and it was.”


Freestyle team shows promise in Aspen moguls contest

The club’s freestyle team had a mogul contest at Aspen Highlands last weekend.

Hunter Bailey, J3 2011 junior national champion, ripped the hill to a fourth Saturday, while Tess Johnson, a first-year J4, skied to a 12th overall and first for the J4 girls. Johnson, 11, and moving up to compete at a higher level, won every development mogul competition she was in last season.

In Sunday’s open mogul competition, Bailey skied to a fifth for the men and Johnson took 11th overall, and first again for the J4 girls.

“For a first-year J4, Johnson put in good performances at this contest,” said coach Mike Friedberg. “And Bailey stepped it up and is performing at a high level for a first-year J3. Both Bailey and Johnson are progressing well.”

The freestyle team will be competing in the Vail Valley this weekend on Cookshack.

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