Locals land on slopestyle podiums
ASPEN The first day of finals at the Aspen/Snowmass Open saw two locals on the podium and more than $25,000 handed out.
Teddy Karlinski of Snowmass Village took third in the men’s snowboard slopestyle final with a score of 80, finishing less than a point back of second-place finisher Joe Eddy (80.83) of Park City, Utah.Neither rider came close to matching the 89.33-point run put down by 19-year old Eric Willett of Frisco, who earned a $5,000 prize check for the win.
Willett didn’t get an invite to this year’s Winter X Games, even though he bested a number of riders who did in August when he finished fifth in slopestyle at the Burton New Zealand Open. In the women’s snowboard slopestyle final, Karlinski’s younger sister, Jordan, wasn’t on hand to defend her title. In her absence, Mary Sallah of Toledo, Ohio – who finished sixth on the same slopestyle course at the 2005 Winter X Games – picked up the $1,500 prize check for first place with a winning run of 61 points. Joanna Dzierzawski was second (58.83), just edging out Basalt local Molly Wilson (58.5). Wilson, who earned $300 for her third-place finish, had her previous best result last month when she took fifth at a Chevy Revolution Tour slopestyle at Copper Mountain.The skiing superpipe finals held in the late afternoon saw considerably higher scores across the board. Seventeen-year-old Tucker Hampton of North Hampton, N.H., had the distinction of turning in the highest mark of the day, walking away with the gold – and $5,000 – for his winning 91.33-point run.
David Wise of Reno, Nev. – who has swapped podium spots with Perkins before – took the silver (89), followed by Vail’s Tony Seibert (86.83).Dania Assaly won the women’s pipe final with a 76.33-point run; Anais Caradeux (72.66) and Vail’s Claudia Bouvier (68.33) were the other podium finishers. The Aspen/Snowmass Open continues today with more qualifying rounds, followed by Sunday’s finals in snowboard superpipe and ski slopestyle.
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The state track and field championship meet got underway Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, with Basalt High School coming away with a couple of podiums.