Former Yukon ski champ returns to win Sima rail jam

Whitehorse's Miguel Rodden has been wowing crowds in Whistler, B.C., as of late. But he was back on old stomping grounds to regain a title last weekend.

Whitehorse’s Miguel Rodden has been wowing crowds in Whistler, B.C., as of late. But he was back on old stomping grounds to regain a title last weekend.

The multi-time Yukon champ took first place in the open men’s division at the 2014 Yukon Freestyle Ski Rail Jam, hosted by the Yukon Freestyle Ski Association on Saturday at Mount Sima. The 21-year-old won the masters division of the rail jam at the end of 2012.

“It was really fun. It’s good to shred with the Yukon homies,” said Rodden. “It’s good to see them, they are getting a lot better. It was a good competition – everyone killed it.”

This ski season Rodden has been performing in the Whistler resort’s Fire and Ice Show, a weekly show for tourists in which snowboarders and skiers – including Rodden – jump through a ring of fire.

He took first on Saturday with a nose butter 450 onto the rail and a pretzel 270 off.

“I’ve done it before, but not many times,” said Rodden.

Judges had their work cut out for them. Rodden finished just one point over second place’s Ettienne Geoffroy, the rail jam’s defending champ. Geoffroy won Yukon’s first-ever gold medal – and three gold in total – at the Canadian Junior Freestyle Skiing Championships last March.

Anna Smith made it two in a row on Saturday. Smith, who won silver and bronze at the 2010 B.C. championships, defended her title from last year with a 270 out of the double barrel set up.

“I’ve never seen her do it before, and she was landing perfect,” said Stu Robinson, head coach of the Yukon Freestyle Ski Team. “She even went for a 450 as well.”

Snowboarders were back in the mix after being absent from last year’s rail jam.

Tim Schirmer, 16, rode the rails to a first place finish in open male with a back 360 on to 180 out on the rail.

“I don’t have much to say about it, it was just a fun competition,” said Schirmer. “There were a lot of good guys out there, a good vibe.

“I’m excited I won. There were a lot of hard tricks out there.”

Schirmer has been named to Yukon’s snowboard team for the Canada Winter Games this February in Prince George, B.C., along with third place’s Adam Waddington and fifth place’s Esa Suominen.

Schirmer won a silver and two bronze in juvenile male at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games last March.

Yukon’s freestyle ski team hasn’t been named yet, but Robinson is confident it’ll be a strong one.

“There were some really technical tricks out there today,” said Robinson. “It was difficult to judge because it was really close.”

Results

Under-12 ski

1st Louis Mouchet

2nd Cole Beaman

3rd Bjorn Boone

4th Axel Anderson

Under-15 ski

1st Evyn Dinn

2nd Argus Huggard

3rd Milan Lapres

4th Logan Kruse

5th Jacob Finton

6th Isaac Pumprey

7th Anthony Barteaux

Open female ski

1st Anna Smith

2nd Lyndsey Boorse

Open male ski

1st Miguel Rodden

2nd Etienne Geoffroy

3rd Kyran Allen

4th Aidan Allen

5th Josh Harlow

5th Dylan Reed

7th Niko Rodden

8th Sam Schirmer

Masters male ski

1st Steven Harlow

Open male snowboard

1st Tim Schirmer

2nd Graydon Keenan

3rd Adam Waddington

4th Tyler Koenen

5th Esa Suominen

Mixed youth snowboard

1st Sam Mather

2nd Crystal Legoffe

3rd Ethan Davy

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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