Club skier takes silver at junior nationals |

Club skier takes silver at junior nationals

ASPEN – Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club alpine racer Wiley Maple proved Wednesday that his slalom victory at last month’s state championships was no fluke.The 16-year-old stepped up against the country’s best competition to take silver in slalom at the J2 Junior Nationals at Mount Bachelor, Ore. The result puts Maple in contention for a win at the U.S. National Championships later this month in Alyeska, Alaska, AVSC head alpine ability coach Ben Black said in a club news release.”Wiley’s skiing smart right now in some challenging soft snow conditions,” Black said. “When he started his second run in 29th position he was in a situation where the ruts were pretty bad, but he still put down a very fast run.”Maple, who won three of the four high school races he entered this winter, missed the state giant slalom Feb. 15 in Vail to compete in a NorAm event in Montana. He made it to Vail one day later and won the slalom. His 60 points, coupled with the team’s two podium sweeps on the nordic side, helped Aspen win its eighth state skiing title.Both Maple and teammate Sam Coffey – the No. 1 super G skier in the country for his age – have strung together a series of strong results of late to move up the ski racing rankings. Both earned coveted spots at the Junior Nationals; only 20 skiers qualified to represent the Rocky Mountain Division. Maple started the week with a sixth-place finish in Tuesday’s giant slalom; Coffey (19th) joined him in the top 20. The division had seven skiers finish in the top 10.”Our region is dominating this year,” Black said.

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