Freestyle skiers fly at Yukon Championship

Whitehorse's Miguel Rodden might have come up a little short at the Arctic Winter Games' freestyle ski slopestyle event a few weeks ago, winning silver. But last weekend he was golden.

Whitehorse’s Miguel Rodden might have come up a little short at the Arctic Winter Games’ freestyle ski slopestyle event a few weeks ago, winning silver. But last weekend he was golden.

Competing in the boys’ 15-and-over division, Rodden finished first in the Board Stiff Yukon Championships, hosted by the Yukon Freestyle Ski Association and Snowboard Yukon at Mt. Sima on Saturday.

“It was really fun, just being with my friends,” said Rodden.

Earning 31.5 points in the slopestyle competition, Rodden performed a 540 tail grab, switch 180 off the jumps and a pair of 270s on a rail and box, adding a switch to the latter.

At the Arctic Winter Games in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Rodden won silver in the junior male half-pipe competition, in addition to the slopestyle. He also came fourth in the moguls and fifth in the big air competition.

“(The Arctic Games) helped me a bit,” said Rodden. “They made me more confident and less stressed.”

Anatole Tuzlak, who also competed in Grande Prairie where his best result was a fifth-place finish in the junior male moguls and sixth in the big air event, finished second Saturday with 28.5 points, landing a 540 off a jump.

Sebastien Berthiaume, who could not try out for the Arctic Games because of an injury but still went as a course forerunner, came third with 24 points, ahead of Steven Harlow with 19.5.

In the smaller boys’ 14-and-under division, there was less room to spare between standings. Dylan Reed finished with 27 points, beating out Calahan Guidolin by two points and third place finisher Braden Burnett by just three.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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