Winter Park freestyle team dominates its division
February 16, 2009
From Aspen to Durango, the Winter Park Freestyle Team has dominated the Rocky Mountain Division. With high expectations competing on their home mogul course last weekend, the team did not disappoint.
Between recent days of blazing sun and the occasional powder day, the mogul course on ‘Ambush’ had seen the extremes. The team worked diligently to rebuild the bottom jump and moguls before the competition.
“Our hard work really paid off,” the athletes agreed. Winter Park never fails to produce an exceptional course, but this weekend’s topped the list. The past weekend featured two days of single moguls competitions on Saturday and Sunday.
Brandon Cronin skied with near perfection. His textbook 720s and precise skiing earned him a strong lead over the competition, and he was rewarded with a first place gold medal each day. Rounding out Saturday’s top 10 finishers for the men were Branden Goldenberg, who placed 4th, Nick Didomenico in 5th, Derek Lawson finished 6th, and Bennett Roukema took home 7th.
Other strong finishers included Casey Andringa in 14th, Matt Robertson who finished in 19th and Sean Saffell in 20th.
The female team posted impressive results. Winter Park’s top competitor was Ashley Cronin in 5th place. Larissa Burg who finished in 8th, and Alyssa Lawson who took 9th followed her closely. Capturing 15th place was Lauren Burg. Kaitlyn Williams received 17th and Jessica Bondi secured 22nd.
Sunday produced equally strong results. Following the hometown hero Brandon Cronin was Nick Didomenico, whose impressive Cork 720 and speed points helped secure his bronze medal. Sweeping the next few positions were Bennett Roukema in 4th, Derek Lawson taking 5th, and Branden Goldenberg receiving 6th. Matt Robertson’s impressive run earned him 8th place. Casey Andringa took 14th place and Sean Saffell ended the weekend in 19th place.
Leading the Winter Park women was Alyssa Lawson who received 2nd place and took home the silver medal. Larissa Burg finished in 5th place. Kaitlyn Williams took 8th, Lauren Burg followed in 9th, and Jessica Bondi in 18th.
Other competitors including Justin Bondi, Erik Saffell, Kylie Van Hoesen, Kelly Lawson, and Sam Blomquist skied high point-earning competition runs and added to the great success of last weekend’s competition.
” Jessica Bondi has been a member of the Winter Park Freestyle program since 2004.
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