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Karlinski conquers slopestyle

Nate PetersonAspen, CO Colorado
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ASPEN Boardercross, halfpipe, slopestyle – it doesn’t matter. If it involves Jordan Karlinski and her snowboard, odds are the Snowmass Village local will end up somewhere on the podium, or just off it.At least that’s been the case the last three weeks.Karlinski won Sunday’s women’s slopestyle final at the Aspen/Snowmass Open just a day after finishing third in the superpipe and a week after taking silver at a Grand Prix slopestyle at Oregon’s Mount Bachelor.

All three results followed a personal-best result at the Winter X Games, where she finished fourth in women’s boardercross.”I think I’m in a good place right now, so I’m just really happy,” Karlinski said Sunday before picking up a $1,000 prize check. “My parents are stoked, I’m stoked, everyone is stoked, so that’s great.” Truly, a stoke party all around.The top qualifier for Sunday’s final, Karlinski went with her instincts during her second run and stomped a 540 on the second jump – something she hadn’t tried all day – before a stylish board slide down the stairilizer rail. She capped the run with a big nose grab off the final kicker.

“I stomped my first run pretty clean and I went pretty big on my backside 360,” Karlinski said. “For how much air I got, I just felt like I could do a backside [540].”She earned 73.16667 for her effort – placing her way ahead of runner-up Joanna Dzierzawski (63.66). Alicia Trujillo was third (47.83) followed by Megan Whiteside (44.16) and Nicki Sletchta (36.83).Next up for Karlinski is the final Grand Prix of the season Feb. 22-25 in Tamarack, Idaho.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com


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