Superb recovery: Aspen’s Moyer claims J3 super G title
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VAIL, Colo. ” Sunday turned into a day of redemption at the J3 Junior Olympics.
Four athletes who never saw the finish during Saturday’s downhill came back a day later to reach the podium in the super G at Golden Peak.
Aspen’s Bobby Moyer and Paula Moltzan of Buck Hill, Minn., overcame bumps and bruises to claim top honors in the respective men’s and women’s races. Moyer crashed in Saturday’s downhill, leaving a likely win on the course. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Katharine Irwin and Anthony Romano also rebounded Sunday from falls the day prior to finish third in their respective races.
“It still hurts pretty bad,” Moyer said after his winning run. “I just wanted to come out here and redeem myself. I knew if I finished, I probably could have won yesterday. I just wanted to continue on today.”
Walking with a noticeable limp in the finish area, Moyer blocked out the pain during his speedy run.
Despite head, hip and back discomfort, Moyer raced down the course in 56.20 seconds.
“I skied really tentatively and conservative,” Moyer said. “I made sure I made it down.”
Either way, it was enough to edge a pair of Vail skiers. Nick Braun, who won the downhill Saturday, ran a clean run to finish just behind Moyer in 56.84.
“It was good,” Braun said. “I think I overskied it a little bit in places. Overall, I thought my run was really good.”
The impressive performances didn’t stop there. Romano, another victim of Saturday’s downhill, crossed the finish line in 57.19 for third.
AVSC had two other skiers earn top 10 finishes. Julia Mueller-Ristine just missed the podium in the women’s race, in fourth, while Devon Cardamone was ninth in the men’s race.
Earlier this month, Moyer represented the United States at the Topolino Games in Italy. Moltzan also went to test her skills against some the top talent in the world.
While Moyer didn’t fare as well as he wanted, it was an eye-opening experience for him. On his trip, he learned how Europeans approach their skiing.
“It was cool to see all the Europeans and what they were doing at the same age as us,” Moyer said. “They take it way more serious than everyone in America. It’s good to see what you have to do to reach the top level.”
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