Locals win Powder 8 world title
Locals Bill Madsen and Scott Strickland signed up to compete in the National Powder 8 Championships last month in Aspen because the top prize was a free heli-skiing trip in Blue River, British Columbia.Now Madsen and Strickland are the Masters of the Powder 8 universe. Almost a month after winning the national title, and the free trip, the local duo beat out three other teams in the over-40 Masters division on April 8 in Blue River to take home a world title.”Scott and I really hadn’t done very much of this, so it was pretty neat,” Madsen said Saturday. “We actually got to ski four extra days after our competition, and by the time we left Blue River, we were really feeling good about skiing.”
Madsen and Strickland are also feeling good about the $1,000 of prize money they earned together, and the opportunity to return to Blue River next year and defend their title.Defending champs automatically get an invite to championship the following year.Madsen and Strickland defeated Tom Truss and Tom Riggins of Breckenridge last month on the backside of Aspen Mountain to earn the national title. Truss and Riggins still earned a trip to Blue River because they were the defending world champions in the Masters division, and Madsen figured the two teams would end up in the final head-to-head pairing to decide the title.The Breckenridge duo was upset, however, by Dominique Godin and Serge Legault in the first head-to-head showdown.
Madsen and Strickland knocked off Greg Mainis and Dennis Bresnahan of Squaw Valley, Calif., in their opening head-to-head pairing to set up the showdown against Godin and Legault.After two runs, it was apparent who was taking home this year’s Masters trophy, Madsen said.”In all of our rounds, we pretty much dominated,” Madsen said. “We beat the first guys quite handily, then beat Serge and Dominique by about 15-20 points on each run.”Powder 8 judges score on a scale of 150 and grade skiers on synchronization, speed and turn shape. There are also points awarded for what Madsen dubbed “overall dynamic powder skiing”
Madsen and Strickland’s best run in the final earned them a score of 137.”It’s pretty funny, because we haven’t practiced very much,” Madsen said. “We went up a day early to practice and get acclimated, but we were still improving after the competition was over. Obviously, we’ve both skied a lot, and we were really getting good at the synchronization by the time the event rolled around, but there’s still room for improvement. We’re really looking forward to next year.”Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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