Karlinski golden at Copper slopestyle | AspenTimes.com

Karlinski golden at Copper slopestyle

Nate PetersonAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN Last month, like so many young snowboarders around the country, Jordan Karlinski registered online for a lottery number for the slopestyle at March’s Burton US Open.Now she doesn’t need it. Not after spinning her way to a win at Saturday’s Burton AM Series slopestyle at Copper Mountain – a golden ticket so to speak, since the win gained Karlinski automatic entry to the most storied open contest in the country, held every year at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.”Awesome,” said the 18-year-old Snowmass local of the win in what was her first contest this season. “It’s really difficult to get into the US Open, and now I’ve basically got a spot confirmed.”Karlinski also finished third in Sunday’s halfpipe final, a result that didn’t earn her a wild-card spot for the March Open, just a shot of confidence as she enters the heart of her competitive season.A member of US Snowboarding’s boardercross C team and an Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club graduate, Karlinski moved to Summit County in the offseason to focus on her park and pipe riding. She’ll be back on familiar turf next week, however, racing boardercross at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk, where she first competed at just 15.”Moving here [to Breckenridge] has been awesome,” said Karlinski, who finished home schooling last year and is now taking two online courses offered by the University of Colorado. “It’s definitely been a lot more responsibility, but I’m very determined. Just living out here and riding with friends, it’s been a really fun experience. I moved here because of how good the parks and pipes are at Keystone and Breckenridge. They’re all so close to each other and they’re really good mountains.”Growing up with an older brother who is a talented snowboarder in his own right, Karlinski got used to going off the same jumps as the boys. It has continued to pay dividends in contests, none more so than last April when she took second in big air at the World Junior Championships at Bad Gastein, Austria.Saturday, Karlinski was one of only two riders in the field going off the bigger tabletop jumps in the Copper park, and the only one to attempt spins off them. She fell on her first run in the final when she didn’t cleanly land a 360, but stuck the trick on her second run to nab the gold with a score of 7.98 out of 10.Madeline Schaffrick of Steamboat Springs was second with a 7.53, and Chloe Banning, also of Steamboat Springs, rounded out the podium with a 6.30.”The girl who got third, she was doing straight airs off the big sides of the jumps, but she wasn’t spinning,” said Karlinski, who estimated the biggest of the three kickers measured some 40 plus feet. “The jumps didn’t have a lot of pop and were difficult to clear.”Karlinski said she didn’t have high expectations for the contest, but had confidence coming in after riding nearly nothing but park and pipe for the last few months. “Breck and Keystone, their parks are so progressive, and there are so many friends out here that you can go and ride with,” Karlinski said. “My main focus right now is definitely halfpipe and slopestyle. I just feel like later on, I’m going to start moving over to the halfpipe and slopestyle side of things. This season, I just want to get my name out there and get noticed.”She’s certainly off to a good start.npeterson@aspentimes.com.


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