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AVSC dominates Aspen competition

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” No matter what the discipline, Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club athletes dominated on their home snow in this past weekend’s Rocky Divisional Championships, the season’s final Junior Olympic qualifier.

Six club skiers kicked off the action Saturday with top-10 finishes in two aerials competitions at Aspen Highlands. Alex Ferreira, 14, landed a 720 tail grab and a flat-spin 360 to take third, then took seventh. Walter Wood improved from sixth to fourth and Mikey Schumacher was seventh and fifth. Carson Leydecker (eighth and ninth), Caine Albrecht-Hildebrand (ninth and eighth) and AVSC new comer Blake Lockard (two 10ths) joined them near the top of the leaderboard.

Whitney Wickes lapped the field in Sunday’s slopestyle at Buttermilk, cruising to a 17-point win over her nearest competitor ” Team Summit’s Katie Turner ” and an easy J.O. qualification.



“She had confidence going in and threw some big 360 jumps with grabs,” said Eric Knight, the club’s freestyle program director, in a press release. “No one else was even close to her amplitude.”

Teammate Simone Augsperger wound up sixth in slopestyle and third in Monday’s halfpipe.




On the boys side, Torin Yater Wallace and Travis VanDomelen fin­ished in a tie for second in slopestyle. Their score of 84 was just three tenths behind the winner.

“Torin put some pressure on him self with a sub-par first run but delivered when it mattered,” AVSC pipe and park coach Geoff Stump said. “He did nice work on the upper rails and wrapped it all up with a switch 1080 that was one of the day’s best.”

Teammate Kelly Selby finished just off the podium in fifth after posting an 81. Ferreira and David Van Atta took eighth and ninth, respectively.

The freestylers saved their best for last. AVSC claimed the top five spots in Monday’s boys morning halfpipe competition, and took all podium spots during the afternoon. Taylor Seaton led the way with a victory in the morning, then Wood took the top spot in the afternoon. “We dominated,” Stump said. “Taylor skied like a champion and built on his X Games and Aspen/Snowmass Open experience. Walter had a fantastic 1260 in the afternoon where he slowed the final rotation and flowed beautifully into a perfect landing.”

Jack Sullan finished second and third, while Wood took third in the morning and Seaton second in the afternoon. Van Atta, who won the weekend’s sportsmanship award, finished fourth in the morning and Yater-Wallace posted two fifths. Ferreira was 14th and 17th, and 12-year-old Schumacher took 18th in both competitions.

“Most 12-year-olds can barely get out of the pipe, but not Mike Schumacher,” Stump said. “I could barely recognize him out there with the amount of amplitude he was getting.”


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