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AVSC to honor legacy in Wilder Dwight Memorial

AVSC staff report

WILDER DWIGHT MEMORIAL

Along with the community, the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club will honor the late Wilder Dwight, who tragically passed away at the age of 11 on December 7, 1986, skiing into an open mine shaft outside of the Aspen Mountain Ski Area boundary.

"Wilder loved life and his friends, and this was the characteristic that endeared him to many people. His enthusiasm was contagious as he cheered on the other team members," said his mother, Sharon Dwight.

A passionate ski racer and AVSC athlete, Wilder earned three medals in the 1985 Junior Olympics in Winter Park, placing him third in the nation in the J3 class.

The Wilder Dwight Memorial, an FIS Surefoot and USSA event, is a qualifying competition for the USSA Junior Championships.

The annual event consists of two downhill and super-G races scheduled to take place at the Stapleton Training Center at Aspen Highlands on Jan. 17-20. Nearly 150 of the Rocky Mountain and Central region's top U16 and FIS-eligible male and female athletes are anticipated to participate in next week's event.

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Nicholas Mitchell swept the field, coming away with first place in all three giant slalom competitions. Additionally, Andrew Hancock took third place in the second giant slalom race last Wednesday.

Rocky Mountain Freestyle Series

At the Rocky Mountain Freestyle competition in Steamboat Springs, Colby Lee qualified for the U.S. NorAm Tour starting in February.

AVSC's Freestyle Team is set to compete in two mogul and one dual mogul competition this weekend. The event will be hosted at the Stapleton Training Center at Aspen Highlands. More than 120 of the best athletes from the Rocky Mountains are anticipated to participate in the event set for Jan. 16-18.

USASA — Aspen Snowmass Series

Last weekend Snowmass was buzzing with competitors for the first USASA slopestyle and rail jam of the season.

AVSC had a great turnout in slopestyle with Noah Hopkins, Isaac Brogdon, Jake Canter, Ryder Hutchinson, Tristan Feinberg, William Madsen, Cassidy Jarrell, and Will Boney finishing in first place in their age groups.

In the rail jam, competitors hit jumps in 30-minute heats and once again AVSC had significant results including Will Boney, Chace Maytham, Kai Morris, and Jonathan Weiss taking first place in their age group.

Age Class Open

AVSC's age class athletes had a very successful weekend in Breckenridge.

Sunday was a new format for seeding and AVSC walked home with medals in every group.

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