AVSC freestyle skier takes home another silver from Junior Olympics
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club moguls skier Glenn Engelman proved Saturday that his silver medal in dual moguls at the Junior Olympics in Park City was anything but a fluke.Engelman followed up the effort with a silver medal in single moguls. His result was better than that of a member of the U.S. Ski Team. “Two second-place finishes in this field showed that he’s for real,” AVSC freestyle program director Eric Knight said in a press release. “Glenn really proved himself today.”
Engelman played it safe during the first of two rounds to assure himself a spot in the finals; it was a strategy that almost came back to bite him. Weather conditions delayed the start of the second round for close to an hour, and Knight said that there was talk about canceling the run.Engelman, who qualified fifth, was the 15th competitor out of the gate after the second round was finally started. His run featured a 360 off the course’s first jump, and a 360 iron cross off the final jump – both tricks received perfect jumping scores from the judges. Joe Disco, the final competitor, unseated Engelman.”I just had fun,” said Engelman, who beat U.S. Ski Team member and No. 2 ranked Nor-Am circuit skier Jay Bowman-Kerrigin, in the press release. “People need to remember to have fun at these events, and I definitely did.”
AVSC freestyler Julianne Davis started the day with a clean run that featured a 360 off the top jump; she struggled on the bottom jump and finished 36th out of 64, Knight said.Rachel Weitzenkorn was 13th after the first round, but fell during her final run and finished 18th. “She upped her degree of difficulty by throwing the best 360 iron cross I’ve ever seen,” Knight said. “She landed clean [and had] a seamless transition into the middle part of the course, but fell coming into the bottom air. Up until the fall, it was her best run of the year.”
Realizing he was in contention for a combined medal (aerials, halfpipe and moguls), AVSC’s Zac Giammarrusco attacked the moguls course. He threw a 360 off the top jump but could not stick the landing.In the halfpipe , AVSC’s Jack Sullan (15th) was the club’s top finisher. Teammate Nathaniel Chellel finished 16th. Chellel will join Engelman and Weitzenkorn in the U.S. National Championships (March 23-26) at Killington, Vt., where the country’s top 50 freestylers will compete against one another.
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