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Another win for Aspen’s Moyer at J3 Junior Olympics

Ian Smith
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyAspen's Bobby Moyer leans down on a gate in the lower section of the slalom course during the Junior Olympics boys' slalom race Wednesday at Beaver Creek. Moyer took first place.
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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. ” The slalom win ners at the J3 Junior Olympics shared a common reaction on Wednesday.

Disbelief.

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s Bobby Moyer and Steamboat Springs’ Julia Cooper both won titles on Bear Trap at Beaver Creek. Neither could wrap their head around it afterward.

“I just can’t believe I won a slalom,” Moyer said. “I’m not really a slalom skier. This year, I’ve been working on it really hard. To beat all the central kids who all they ski is slalom is pretty cool.”

When it sinks in, Moyer and Cooper can remember finishing the Junior Olympics in dream fashion. On the last day of racing, both crushed their second runs to top the competition.

“It feels amazing,” Cooper said. “I can’t believe I just did that” Moyer started the second run in third place behind Buck Hill, Minn.’s Mitchell Underhill and Wisconsin’s Ausblick Ski Racing’s Ian Beal. Instead of worrying about the deficit, he put his skis down­hill.

Moyer’s combined time of 1 minute, 24.88 seconds held for the victory.

Even with the fastest time, it wasn’t over for Moyer with Underhill and Beal still left to race. Underhill did his best to overtake Moyer but he settled for second. Beal suffered a fall toward the bot tom of the course and did not finish.

The victory is Moyer’s second at these Junior Olympics. After falling in the downhill on Saturday, he came back to win the super G a day later. He was still feeling back pain from Saturday’s fall on Wednesday and took Advil before both of his runs, he said.

“I just focused on what I needed to do,” Moyer said. “I told myself, ‘This is it.'” Buck Hill’s Willy Blommer reached the podium for the second straight day with a third-place finish. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Alex Leever took fourth in 1: 25.52.

Leever’s per­formance ended a strong week for the first-year J3. He took fifth in the super G, ninth in the giant slalom and fourth in the slalom. “I’ve been more of a technical skier,” Leever said. I just surprised myself. I got fifth in super G and I didn’t expect that at all.”

Moyer’s AVSC teammate, Devon Cardamone, finished 11th overall, but was the fourth best first-year J3 racer.

In the girls race, AVSC’s Ilona Schwarz and Isabelle Woodrow finished 22nd and 27th, respectively.


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