Vail’s Seibert siblings go big at nationals
PARK CITY, Utah Up until this winter, Lizzie Seibert only skied in one direction forward.But Seibert, a lifelong alpine racer, decided to spin things around and give freestyle a shot for this season.Only a few months into the discipline, Seibert, who competes for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, took fifth at the U.S. Freestyle Championships halfpipe Friday.I wanted to try something different, Seibert said. I had a few competitions in January that I did OK at, and its been getting better and better. My coach (Beau Hanley) is good, so Ive learned a lot. (Friday) was really fun.Earlier this month, Seibert took fifth at the Junior Olympics slopestyle event in Steamboat Springs.I was pretty nervous coming into (Friday), Seibert said. Its a lot different than the other competitions Ive been in this year.Seibert made it through qualifiers and then used her second of two runs in the finals to take fifth among all womens competitors. World Cup finals champ Jennifer Hudak won the competition.During qualifiers I was really nervous because there were girls from all over the country, and I didnt know how they skied, Seibert said. Im really happy about how the season ended. Im excited because I learned a bunch of new stuff at the end of this year and want to build off it and do well next year.
In the mens competition, Tony Seibert, Lizzies older brother, placed sixth despite a bad back.I didnt get the result I wanted, but I skied well, said Tony Seibert, who was eighth recently at the Mount Snow Open halfpipe. Ive done the (U.S. Championships) the previous two years, and every year Ive made the finals.Tony Seibert said his best trick was a 540 mute.It was the biggest hit Ive ever done in the pipe, he said. I guess the judges didnt like me.Competing with family is nothing new for the Seiberts, as Tony skied with their mother, Terry, at last months Crested Butte U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships, where Terry placed third.She beat a girl who competed here two years ago, Tony Seibert said.Earlier this season, Tony Seibert placed third at the Aspen Open halfpipe and took seventh in the slopestyle.
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