AVSC storms podium at home races
Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN Fourteen inches of fresh snow fell before and during the Wilder Dwight Memorial super G races Jan. 13-14 on Aspen Mountain.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard School’s J3 and J4 skiers produced a storm of their own, posting a host of strong finishes and figuring prominently at the top of scoreboards all weekend. Leading the way was 12-year-old Bobby Moyer, who dominated the J4s en route to three age-class wins. He held his own against the majority of the older J3s, too, finishing fourth overall Saturday, eighth during the Sunday morning session and third in the afternoon.”He skied brilliantly all weekend long,” AVSC age-class head coach Pat Callahan said in a news release. “Not many kids his age have the complete package: technique, tactics and focus. Bobby understands how to ski fast.”
Moyer was joined on the J4 podium Sunday by 11-year-old Devon Cardamone, who finished second and third on the day. Fellow J4 Julia Muller-Ristine recorded two first-place finishes Sunday, winning both races by one-second margins.J3 competitor Katie Ryan claimed third place overall Saturday despite a less-than-average run: The 13-year-old lost her ski charged to the finish on one ski before crashing into the barrier. She got to her feet before bowing to the crowd. She followed her effort by finishing fifth Sunday morning. Joanna Coffey posted three top-five finishes in her J3 age class.
“Joanna skied really well in her first speed races since coming back from knee surgery,” AVSC J3 coach Alice Milu said in a club news release. “She got more and more confident as the weekend went on.”J3 Micah Evonitz rebounded from a fall Saturday to take sixth overall Sunday morning and improved to fifth in the afternoon. Fellow J3 George Rodney posted a seventh-place overall finish Sunday afternoon, and Teddy Benge finished ninth Saturday.
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