More hardware for AVSC
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s success continues, no matter the age of the participants.The AVSC devo freestyle team – ages 9-14 – grabbed the spotlight and the majority of the trophies March 10 at the Winter Park Devo Championships. Four athletes – 10-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace, 11-year-old Alex Ferreira and 13-year-old Mike Schwartz won gold in their respective divisions. Michael Schumacher, just 9 years old, even took the bronze in his J5 division.
“Alex showed up the day of the competition and came in with no practice runs,” AVSC devo freestyle coach Chris Jacobsen said in a news release. “He was one of the only ones to hit the big rail [to] the left, and that might have won it for him.”Connor Quigley took the gold during the J4 afternoon aerials session. Quigley landed one of his jumps short during practice but wasn’t fazed. While the majority of the field tried to ramp up the degree of difficulty by throwing 720s, Quigley stuck to style to sway judges. He threw a clean double twister spread on his first jump. Rival James Leonard followed with a 720. Leonard’s landing, according to Jacobsen, wasn’t nearly as precise. Quigley responded with a his first-ever quad twister attempt.”He was way up there just cranking them out, and I couldn’t see the landing, but I saw him ski over and give his dad a big hug,” Jacobsen said in the press release.
Leonard again upped the ante with a 1080, but judges gave the title to Quigley, who has won both aerials events he’s entered this season. Mike Schwartz won silver in the J3 competition, and J5 Wallace added a bronze to his collection. Ferreira finished seventh in J4, and Schumacher eighth in J5.
“It was remarkable that we did so well considering we’ve had one other aerials competition this year,” Jacobsen said in the press release. “As the judges kept announcing who placed where, the team didn’t hear any of their names being called. Once they reached the top three spots, all of a sudden all the hardware was coming to us.”It was a pretty amazing day. We cleaned up, and I think the other teams were envious.”
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