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Podiums aplenty for Aspen athletes at Copper comps

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. ” The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club was well represented at this past week’s United States of America Snowboard Association National Championships. Local athletes walked away with 20 medals, four national championships and more than 50 top-10 finishes at the event, which was held at Copper Mountain.

Basalt’s Molly Wilson dominated the field en route to winning the open class slopestyle. She also picked up bronze in halfpipe, narrowly edging out teammate Kyla Sobieralski, who wound up fourth. Arielle Shipe took third in both halfpipe and slopestyle in the 18- to 22-year-old age group.

Will Adams landed a 900 off the first hit in the 14-15 men’s halfpipe and wound up finishing third. In the 18-22 division halfpipe, Andy Szortyka, Glenwood Springs’ Kris Olson and Nick Joslin finished third, fifth and 10th, respectively.

Ben Sydoryk parlayed multiple consistent performances ” including a fourth in giant slalom ” into an overall national crown among 12- to 13-year-olds. Aspen 11-year-old Maliea Sanchez took bronze in GS.

On the freeskiing side, Club athlete Torin Yater-Wallace won both the halfpipe ad slopestyle in the 11-15 age group. Teammate Andrew Tierney took eighth in Monday’s halfpipe, despite missing all the practice runs.

Grifen Moler, 10, took fifth in halfpipe and ninth in slopestyle.

AVSC’s adult snowboarders also got in on the act. Gailen Smith dominated the Methuselah division (60-plus), winning four of five events to capture the overall title. Snowmass Village’s Mark Hogan finished third in both the Legend division halfpipe and boardercross, finished second in slopestyle and wound up walking away with the overall crown. Club coach Romina Harding took bronze in halfpipe, then gold in the women’s 30-39 slopestyle.

Aspen Skiing Co. snowboard instructors Rodney Smith and Aimee Hedman picked up wins in halfpipe and boardercross, respectively.

AVSC youngster Cody Warble wound up on the podium in four separate events in the Grommett boys division, which was enough for the 9-year-old to win the overall. Teammate Blake Moller logged three top-10 finishes.


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