Local Jr. Olypmians shine in Utah
After four days of intense competition last week at the Junior Olympics in Park City, Utah, Tahoe freestyle skiers returned home with handfuls of hardware. Athletes from Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, and Heavenly Freestyle teams went head-to-head against the nations best freestyle skiers in moguls, dual moguls, halfpipe, big air, and aerials competitions.Clay Beck, the head coach of the Alpine Meadows Freestyle team, summed up the competitions best: The Farwest contingent dominated new-school competitions in halfpipe and big air while continuing to deliver solid results in moguls, duals, and aerials. Im proud of our athletes and the future of Farwest Freestyle. Overall result predictions and hopes for Farwest athletes hit the mark. David Wise, 14, did well in the halfpipe and big air competitions, and was crowned national champion in both disciplines. Troy Cook, 16, also landed on the podium by earning a bronze medal in big air competition. Alpine Meadows rejoiced not only for Wise and Cook, but also for five of their other athletes who finished in the top 10 in the halfpipe final. The competition proved to be stiff in the bumps, as many local hopefuls were ousted. South Lakes speedy Sho Kashima, 18, led the mogulers with a silver medal finish in Sundays thrilling duals final. Just missing the duals podium with fourth place finishes were Squaws Jordan Basile and Alexandra Teng. Leading the women was Alpines K.C. Oakley, who not only claimed bronze in the halfpipe final, but also was crowned overall national champion. Oakleys championship title was based on her solid and consistent results in moguls, aerials, and halfpipe. Two former overall champions include local Olympic medalists Johnny Moseley and Shannon Bahrke.Overall, the event proved that there is no shortage of talent flowing from the Lake Tahoe area.Junior Olympics medalists, Wise, Cook, Kashima, and Oakley, as well as the rest of the best Farwest skiers, are still in Park City for USSA Nationals. No powder days for these up and comers.