Vail’s Kloser has solid performance in Steamboat |

Vail’s Kloser has solid performance in Steamboat

Special to the Vail DailyVail's Heidi Kloser, 17, was named to the C Team just last Friday after tryouts at Winter Park.

VAIL – Moguls skier Heidi Kloser, of Vail, finished eighth in the Olympic Trials at Steamboat on Wednesday.

While that didn’t give her a spot on the Olympic Team – that went only to the top finisher, Hannah Kearney, of Norwich, Vt. – it did give Kloser good experience and confidence going into next month’s World Cup stop at Deer Valley, Utah.

It was Kloser’s first competition as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. The 17-year-old was named to the C Team just last Friday after tryouts at Winter Park.

“It was definitely the biggest competition I’ve been in,” Kloser said. “It was really fun, but it was kind of different because it was my first competition with the team. Other competitions will be less crazy because I’ve had this one first.”

She was happy with her performance Wednesday, she said, especially because she improved in her second run, which was scored two points higher than her first.

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On both runs, she did a helicopter on the first jump and a backflip with an iron cross on the second. The conditions were tough during the second run, with snow creating near-whiteout conditions. Course workers put pine boughs on the Voo Doo run to improve visibility.

Kloser was competing against some of the best skiers in the discipline, including Kearney, who won the World Cup season title last year.

“They’re really good skiers, and I look up to them, so it’s cool to be competing with them now,” she said.

Kloser’s coach, Alex Wilson, also said he was happy with the outcome at Steamboat.

“She skied well against a lot of the top mogul skiers in the world,” Wilson said. “More importantly, her skiing is coming along really well, and she’s improving in every contest. This was a big step for her in terms of the height of the contest – camera, people, announcers and all that.”

She may not have a spot on for the Vancouver Games, but a trip to Sochi in four years is well within her grasp, her coach said.

“I hope in 2014 she’ll be on the top of the podium,” Wilson said.

Kloser will next compete in the World Cup at Deer Valley in mid-January.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or

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