Vail’s Shiffrin takes gold at Whistler
WHISTLER, British Columbia – Mikaela Shiffrin, a Vail native who attends Burke Mountain Academy, was on point this weekend, taking bronze- and gold-medal finishes to lead the junior U.S. athletes during the 2010 Whistler Cup.
The double Topolino Cup gold medalist kicked things off Friday with a bronze in the women’s super-G. On Day 2, Shiffrin showed her skills in a big way, taking the gold in the women’s giant slalom.
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Kendall VanHee was 17th in the GS and a DNF in the slalom.
SSCV shines at USASA nationals
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s snowboard and freeride teams excelled in the USASA Nationals last week at Copper Mountain
A recap of the week, starting on April 4:
The first day saw Genevieve McNeill taking 20th in slopestyle and soaring the biggest she has all season. Jack Coyne took a bronze medal in snowboardcross after battling through four different heats.
April 5 was a big day in boys skier pipe. Zac Fedrizzi placed 15th and Jesse Ridler took 28th among competitors ages 10 to 12. Tanner Moller skied to a 12th, Shane Ridler placed 11th and Izak Little took home a gold medal in U-9 division.
On April 6, despite the challenging weather, Ridler brought out his best run of the season, taking home a bronze medal in U-9 slopestyle. On the other side of the hill, Corey Steinke scored his personal best in the halfpipe with 73.7 points to give him fourth place.
A week ago, Adam Crook and John Leonard threw down technical tricks and high amplitude all morning trying to earn a spot in the finals. Crook, even with binding trouble, made it to the finals, while Leonard placed seventh in his bid for the finals, just missing a spot.
Crook jumped on a different pair of skis for the finals and finished with an outstanding score of 93.7, winning the silver medal and a $1,000 check. Crook also won Trick of the Day after completing a 1260.
Thursday was a big day for snowboardcross, and with more than 60 boys, Steinke fought through some tough heats, securing fourth place. On the other side of the run, Cristian Ravelo and John Leonard were going against some of the best open-class skiers in the country. With temperatures getting in the 50s, they worked hard to get through the sticky conditions with coaches Dan Anderson and Noah Brooks constantly waxing and brushing before each run.
Leonard skied to a 20th, and Ravelo worked through the finals and earned a bronze medal along with a $500 check.
In halfpipe, Coyne was throwing it down with 360s and a 540 and scored a silver medal with a score of 87.
Friday, the last day of competition, Coyne brought it home in sloplestyle competing against 19 others in his age class. The only competitor to hit the medium side and catching some massive air, Coyne swept the group with a score of 88.8 and received his first USASA nationals gold medal, giving him a bronze, silver and now a gold throughout the week and securing him a spot in next years nationals in slopestyle.
“We want to thank all the parents, families, coaches and teachers for making this such a successful season,” coach Nikita Apostol said. “We would like to congratulate everyone that competed in this year’s nationals, and we also want thank the families and friends that came out to support our team’s great accomplishments.”