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Karlinski soars to silver at Junior Worlds

Snowmass Village resident Jordan Karlinski catches air during her second run in the women's pipe final in February at the Aspen/Snowmass Open. (Paul Conrad/Aspen Times file)

Snowmass Village local Jordan Karlinski stomped a series of smooth tricks – including a handful of backside 540s – off a 50-foot booter Friday to take the big air silver medal at the final event of the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships at Bad Gastein, Austria.Snowboarders went head-to-head in a two-run knockout format where the rider with the best score and highest point total moved on to the next round. Karlinski stomped a backside 360 to advance in her first head-to-head, then landed backside 540s in later rounds to earn the finals, where she went for a backside 720.

Switzerland’s Sina Candrian edged Karlinski in the final, with Swede Atti Holst bagging the bronze.”This ranks right up there as one of the best contests I’ve ever done,” said Karlinski, 17, in a U.S. Snowboarding news release. “The kicker was pretty big and had a lot of pop, but it was still fun. The sun was out and it was kind of windy, so that was tough, but the course workers raked and salted the kicker probably 10 times during competition to keep it fast enough to clear the knuckle.”

Karlinski, who rides for U.S. Snowboarding but trains under the coaching staff at the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, finished 15th earlier in the week in boardercross. The silver in big air caps an impressive season in which Karlinski excelled at boardercross, halfpipe and slopestyle and big air. She recorded a personal best in her third Winter X Games appearance with a fourth-place boardercross finish, and she also picked up a silver in slopestyle at a Grand Prix at Oregon’s Mount Bachelor.A week after that showing she won bronze in halfpipe at the Aspen/Snowmass Open at Buttermilk and a gold in slopestyle.

Taking the men’s title Friday was Norway’s Stian Aannestad of Norway; Swiss rider Thomas Franc earned the silver and Norway’s Kim-Rune Hanson rounded out the podium.The U.S. didn’t have any male riders entered in the competition.

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