Competitive drive: Winter Park athletes boast successful end to ski season
The ski season is just about over in Grand County. In a week the Mary Jane will close, and those still looking for a fix will venture into the backcountry for a couple more days nestled in what’s left of Colorado’s winter. But for others, the resort’s closure signals a time to look back on the accomplishments of those who train there.
The Winter Park Competition Center was well represented at both national and international competitions to end the season, bringing home noteworthy performances in moguls, big mountain, alpine and freeskiing.
The freeski team had nine athletes go to nationals this season, bringing home five medals from Copper Mountain in early April. Mabel Asburn took second in the Age 14-15 Class Women’s Ski Slopestyle, Alliy Hansen took second in the Open Class Women’s Ski Slopestyle and Hanna Blackwell took third in the Open Class Women’s Halfpipe.
Hunter Carey took second in the Open Class Men’s Halfpipe, and Mitch Lukes took third in the Age 16-17 Class Men’s Halfpipe.
Svea Irving, a member of the United States Rookie Ski Team, won the NorAm Overall Championship. Dylan Ladd was accepted to the US Rookie Team this year, the fourth member of the Winter Park Competition Center Freestyle team to make the U.S. Ski Team in the past seven years.
Freestyle Mogul Skiers
Winter Park’s Freestyle Team was honored with the 2018 US Ski & Snowboard Association’s Freestyle Club of the Year award this year, and finished the season with six mogul skiers ranked in the top 50 nationally.
On the men’s side of things George McQuinn finished the season ranked 12th nationally, followed by Tanner Lyle at 17th and Tanner Murphy at 23rd. McQuinn recently finished fourth in dual moguls at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships. Lyle finished fourth in moguls at Junior Worlds.
Skyler Nunn finished the season ranked 29th in the nation among women, Elissa Cole came in 32nd and Heidi Andringa came in 43rd. Nunn finished top twenty in both moguls and dual moguls at the Junior World Ski Championships.
Several members of the team also participated in the International Freeskiers and Snowboarder’s Association National Championships at Snowbird last month.
On the skiing side, Megan Rielly took ninth place in the Women’s Age 15-18 division, Lucy Wettersten took 12th in Women’s Age 12-14, Casey Myers took 20th in Men’s 12-14, Owen Zirk took 25th in Men’s 12-14 and Tommy Branon took 26th in Men’s 12-14.
The snowboarding results were even more impressive, with Samantha Lansky coming in second for Women 12-14, Seth Mossman taking 4th in Men’s 12-14 and Jack Lansky taking 6th in Men’s 12-14.
Chris Orear highlights the competition center’s alpine athletes. Orear earned a top 10 finish in the Rocky Central U16 Junior Championships (formerly the Junior Olympics), and took fourth place in the Giant Slalom Spectacular and the Loveland Derby.
For their exceptional performances in their championship events, Sebastian Wise, John Donlinger, Abby Dembeck and Alexandra Jardine were all appointed to the Rocky Mountain Division Teams for U14 and younger.
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