Vail Valley’s Coulter golden at freestyle JOs
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WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. ” Ski and Snowboard Vail’s Tanner Coulter captured gold in the freestyle J3 Olympics in slopestyle in New Hampshire last week while teammate Michael Wilhelm placed second.
“Tanner’s win was very well deserved,” said SSCV’s freeride coach Dan Anderson. “We expected him to do this well and it was no surprise. Michael came from back in the pack to grab second for the J3 group, and we couldn’t be more pleased with his result.”
When asked how to best describe what the slopestyle competition is for the freeride athletes, coach Anderson said that these skiers are hurling themselves off 50 foot jumps.
The goal is for a perfect and balanced takeoff with a solid landing.
Coulter stomped his switch 10, a trick where the skier takes off going backwards, rotates three times with a mute grab. (A mute grab is when you put your skis in an X and grab the outside edge). I
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Also in Waterville Valley was SSCV’s freestyle team competing in the moguls competition, and Andre Lane placed fourth.
“Andre skied out of his mind on his run,” said freestyle program director Brian Baker.
“He pulled tricks off of the jumps he had little practice with, and he nailed his landings.”
In the girls mogul event, Kristi Waring placed first in her J2 age group while Heidi Kloser finished sixth
Both of SSCV’s freestyle and freeride programs have athletes that will be heading to the nationals in Squaw Valley, Calif., next week