Tanner Coulter tops Gatorade Free Flow Tour in Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
For the second year in a row, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Tanner Coulter took the win at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour’s stop in Vail on Saturday.
“Tanner put down his best run of the day in the finals,” said SSCV freeride coach Luke Allen. “Coming off a win in the Revolution Tour in Oregon, he’s got some momentum going for him now.”
SSCV also placed three other athletes into the finals of the freeski slopestyle, with James Machon taking fifth, Tyler Peterson in ninth and John Leonard finishing in 10th.
“Today was a really good showing for the freeride crew of SSCV, with four of our skiers making it to the finals,” Allen said. “All of them were on point with every trick they did.”
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour continues today with the halfpipe competition and Junior Rail Jam.
SSCV shines in Aspen
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail went to Aspen for three days of downhill and super-G races in the Smartwool Ski Cup speed series with its J3 (ages 13 and 14) group. After two days of training on the racetrack, the group took to putting its practice to the test on Saturday with two downhill races for the men and women.
The women kicked out of the start for their morning race, and SSCV’s Grace Merriman, Erika McCormick, Megan McGrew, Abigail Murer and Katie Talbot finished fourth, seventh, ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively, for the J3 girls, while Clayton Kirwood took 12th for the J3 men.
In the second downhill, McCormick skied to second place for the J3s and Talbot, Grace Merriman and Rachel Desrochers took fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively, for the same age group. In the men’s second downhill, Logan Martin took 15th.
“Our J3 women did a great job,” coach Sara Radamus said. “For the group, the whole team, men and women, got better, stronger and more aggressive as the course got rougher.”
The Smartwool Ski Cup continues today with a super-G.