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Taylor Seaton takes 8th in at Telus invitational

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily Taylor Seaton airs it out in a halfpipe earlier this season. Seaton qualified for the finals of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival superpipe on Friday.

WHISTLER, British Columbia – Taylor Seaton will take an eight-place finish and a healthy heel anyday.Seaton, the local freeskier, moved up one position from his qualifying spot in the finals of the Telus World Skiing Invitiational halfpipe event in Whistler, British Columbia, this past weekend.”I was hoping after my second run that maybe I’d do better than top 10, but it worked out well,” Seaton said.

In the jam-style event, Seaton had four consistent runs, with the best counting. Seaton’s 540 to 540 to 900 to 900 to 1080 gave him 15.9 points, which was just one point out of third place.During qualifying, Seaton had a bit of trouble maintaining speed on the overinverted 18-foot halfpipe, but he was able to link his tricks in the finals.”I fixed myself,” he said, noting the pipe was still overinverted. “I had to really think about it.”

Since mid-January, when Seaton bruised his heel, he’d been staying away from the pratice hill and skiing competitions through considerable pain. Seaton broke his heel last season and missed an the entire year of competition.”It’s doing a lot better now,” Seaton said of his heel. “I got a new pair of boots – the same one’s I had, but a litle stiffer and they feel a lot better – and finally the bone bruise is gone.”Minturn’s Dylan Bidez qualfied for the men’s snowboarding superpipe finals, and took 19th, while sister Clair Bidez injured her ankle in the qualifier.

The Telus World Championships was the final event of the season for nearly all the athletes there.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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