Sugar Bowl’s Emmett Seely lands on podium in junior big-mountain contest |

Sugar Bowl’s Emmett Seely lands on podium in junior big-mountain contest

Billy Swan / MSIEmmett Seely of Sugar Bowl competes in the Junior Freeskiing Tour World Championships at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Seely placed third in the finals.

SNOWBIRD, Utah – Several Tahoe-area athletes advanced through two days of elimination rounds to compete in the finals at the Junior Freeskiing Tour World Championships held at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort this past Sunday.

Emmett Seely of Sugar Bowl highlighted the local results, as he earned a spot on the podium with a third-place finish in the boys’ 12-14 age group. Alta/Bird Freeride’s Grant Howard took first place to secure the overall tour championship with a combined score of 77.57. He was followed by teammate Seth Klein with a 71.17, while Seely received a score of 70.93.

Other local skiers who made it through elimination rounds in the 12-14 age group include Chase Whitney of the Squaw Valley Big Mountain Ski Team, teammate Stein Arntson and Xander Guldman of Sugar Bowl. Whitney finished eighth overall, while Arntson took 12th and Guldman 13th.

In the 15-17 age group, Sugar Bowl athletes Isaac Freeland and Drew Hartley finished ninth and 14th, respectively, in the finals, and Miles Honens out of Squaw Valley placed 15th.

According to the Junior Freeskiing Tour, the level of competition was so high throughout the fourth year of the series that a pre-qualified athletes list was created to allow more skiers into the world championships.

A number of Tahoe-area teens were on that pre-qualified list, including Sarah Williams, Elizabeth Elmgren, Isabella Gold, Erica Backhus and Emma DesLauriers among women, and Chanc Deschamps-Prescott and Wildon DesLauriers among men.

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