SSCV qualifies 12 for JOs in Utah
Hot off a solid week of competition at the USSA Rocky Mountain Divisional Championships in Steamboat Springs, the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Freestyle Team qualified a record 12 athletes to the Chevrolet Freestyle Junior Olympics which will be March 13-19 in Park City, Utah.
The Freestyle Junior Olympics consists of the best young freestyle skiers from around the country competing in slopestyle, halfpipe, aerials, moguls and dual moguls competitions. This year the Vail team will be represented by Matt Dillon of Wolcott (moguls), Matt White of Edwards (moguls), Heidi Kloser of Vail (moguls and dual moguls), Kelsey Teran of Boulder (moguls, dual Moguls), Kristi Waring of Denver (moguls), Ali Bathgate of Denver (moguls), Kathryn James of Eagle (moguls), Tony Seibert of Edwards (halfpipe), Patrick Baskins of Vail (halfpipe and slopestyle), Charlie Wilcox of Vail (halfpipe), Brian Johnson of Eagle (halfpipe), and Taylor Seaton of Avon (halfpipe).
At last weekend’s divisional championships in Steamboat Springs, the SSCV Team had a great showing with Tony Seibert and Johnson taking second and third, respectively, in the slopestyle competition. Patrick Baskins took second in halfpipe with Seibert in 10th. Teran took third in the junior moguls competition with Kloser in eighth and Kristi Waring in 11th. Dillon finished 12th in the men’s junior mogul event. Sunday brought sunny skies and action-packed dual moguls competition with Kloser and Teran taking second and third.
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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.