Winter Park freestyle team posts strong showing in competition
The Winter Park Competition Center’s Freestyle Ski Team, ‘Team Mary Jane’, competed in the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Divisional Championships, February 26-28 in Winter Park, CO, claiming numerous awards including a win for local skier, Brandon Cronin. Moving forward, this successful team is looking at a demanding schedule in March; the North American Tour Finals currently taking place at Steamboat Ski Resort, March 4-5; Junior Olympics are March 10-14 in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire and US Freestyle National Championships will be held March 23-28 in Squaw Valley, California. Winter Park Athlete, Brandon Cronin at Divisional Championships”Brandon Cronin unleashed an amazing run with a huge 360 on the top jump and stuck his back flip with an X on the bottom jump. His skiing is coming on strong as we approach the championship season,” said Laurie Mooney, Winter Park Freestyle & Freeride Director. Winter Park local athletes placing in Rocky Mountain Freestyle Divisional Championships Brandon Cronin – 1st placeBranden Goldenberg – 3rd placeTyler Robertson – 10th placeMatt Robertson – 11th placeCasey Andringa – 15th placeJustin Bondi – 16th placeConnor Lyle -18th place For the women’s mogulsLarissa Burg – 2nd placeAlyssa Lawson- 3rd placeLauren Burg – 8th placeKylie Van Hoesen – 10th placeKelly Lawson – 12th place It doesn’t end there. Each athlete on the Winter Park Competition Center’s Freestyle Ski Team is continuing to improve at each event. Tyler Robertson, coming back from an injury, took 1st place at the Arapahoe Basin Open and 2nd in Dual Moguls. Conner Lyle came back to finish top 25 at Telluride and took12th at Arapahoe Basin Open. Sam Blomquist ripped it in dual moguls at Arapahoe Basin Open for a 6th place finish. Erik Saffell continues to improve and has starting placing in the top 30. Eric Feichtinger skied well on a very tough course in Telluride and is throwing an awesome back-flip.’Team Mary Jane’ Athletes bound for the Junior Olympics: Matt Robertson, Branden Goldenberg, Brandon Cronin, Larissa Burg, Lauren Burg, Kelly Lawson, Kylie VanHoesen, Alyssa Lawson, Zane Larson, Sean Saffell, and Justin Bondi. (not pictured, Casey Andringa). (L) Head Coach Dan Studer and (R) Lead Coach Scott McDanielPhoto by Coach Freddy Mooney Winter Park Competition Center’s Freestyle Team, dubbed ‘Team Mary Jane’, is sending 12 athletes to the Junior Olympics in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, March 10-14, which is the strongest team in years per Head Coach Dan Studer. Athletes include: Brandon Cronin, Branden Goldenberg, Matt Robertson, Sean Saffell, Casey Andringa, Zane Larson, Justin Bondi, Alyssa Lawson, Larissa Burg, Lauren Burg, Kylie VanHoesen, Kelly Lawson. The philosophy of the Winter Park Competition Center is to offer the opportunity to achieve one’s highest potential as an athlete, person, and competitor. Through the enjoyment of sport, each competitor’s commitment, desires, dreams and failures, can provide significant life lessons. We consider the person first, winning second, and we strive to develop the TOTAL ATHLETE. This goal is affected by the objective each competitor has in participation in the program and by his/her personal motivation. Those factors applied to the most supportive coaching and competition environment we can offer helps athletes to develop a positive, healthy and confident attitude – the most important aspect of the total athlete. The belief is that the total athlete will not only be a successful skier or snowboarder, but excel in all aspects of life with those skills. For details about the Winter Park Competition Center, youth and adult programs, call 970.726.1590 or 303.316.1590 or visithttp://www.skiwinterpark.com/competition/index.htm
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