AVSC skier impresses at championships | AspenTimes.com

AVSC skier impresses at championships

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club freestyle skier Glenn Engelman made the most of his opportunity.

Against a field of the country’s top amateur and U.S. Freestyle Ski Team members March 24-25 at the U. S. Freestyle Championships at Killington, Vt., the 19-­year-old shone. He posted a 10th-place finish on the mountain’s famed Outer Limits moguls course.

“He picked an opportune time to lay down his best run of the season,” AVSC freestyle moguls coach Jeremy Moore said. “Making the finals at Nationals and finishing in the top 10 was what we were going for, and he didn’t let me down.”

Engelman went big from the start dur­ing qualifying, throwing a backflip iron cross off the top jump then finished with a D-spin ” in between a full backflip and a corked 720 ” near the bottom. He posted a score of 24.48 to take 13th and qualify for the finals; the top 16 advanced.

Engelman threw down the same run during the final and yielded an even stronger result. Engelman’s final-run score of 24.48 vaulted him into 10th place; he edged out multiple members of the U.S. Ski Team in the process.

Engelman’s teammate, fellow 19-­year-old Rachel Weitzenkorn, was on track for a strong opening-day qualifying run, too, after sticking her backflip off the top jump. She skied the middle of the course cleanly but a bobble off the bot­tom air ” Weitzenkorn over-rotated her 360 and crashed ” ended all hopes of advancing.

She settled for 57th.

“I like the way she’s skiing lately,” Moore said. “Rachel’s one of the best girls out there, but we’re still working on the whole package.”

Neither skier fared well March 25 in dual moguls. Engelman, a CU student ranked second nationally in the disci­pline, and Weitzenkorn, who attended her first semester at Boston College in the fall, both fell during qualifying. Engel­man finished fourth in a NorAm dual moguls event last year at Park City, Utah.

“Taking chances is the name of the game,” Moore said. “At an event like this, you’ve got to ski on edge if you want to win, and the one who can hang on usually wins.

“Overall, I call this season a success. both Rachel and Glenn have excellent development potential.”

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