The Yukon Freestyle Ski Team won big at Big White this past weekend.
Members of the team captured three gold and six podium positions at the B.C. Freestyle Pipe and Slopestyle Ski Comp at the ski resort just outside of Kelowna. It was the team’s first competition outside of the territory this season.
“The course was a little bit smaller than what we expected. However, the guys all did their best at making sure they did a top-to-bottom run and keeping consistent,” said Yukon coach Steven Harlow. “I’m very proud of all of them. They all, for the first time this season, were hitting the jumps and landing them – they all did awesome.”
The Yukon team competed in the slopestyle comp at Big White.
Yukon’s Niko Rodden took first in the 16-17 year old males division. In his winning run Rodden completed a 270 onto the top rail, front side 270 off; switch lip with back 270 on to the second rail; right side cork 720 on the first jump; left side cork 900 on the second jump; and switch left 720 on the third jump.
Teammate Kyran Allen placed third.
In the 18 year old males division, Yukon’s Josh Harlow won gold and Dylan Reed bronze. Teammate Aidan Allen placed fourth (unofficial).
Harlow hit a 270 onto the top rail; front side 270 switch on the second; 270 out of the third rail; right side cork 900 on the first jump; left side switch 540 on the second jump; and left side cork 900 on the third jump.
The Yukon team’s Dawn Bohmer and Lyndsey Boorse were the only two competitors in the girls competition.
Bohmer took first with a straight rail on top box; an up-down on second rail; a 360 on the top jump and a safety grab on the second jump.
Yukon’s Etienne Geoffroy, who captured three gold at the Canadian Junior Freestyle Skiing Championships last March, suffered an ankle injury in a training run and was unable to compete.
“Unfortunately Etienne crashed, but he was doing awesome in training,” said Steven. “All the guys were killing it in training. I’m happy with how they did.”
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