Yukon skier lands historic fourth place in big air

Freestyle skier Kyran Allen had never done a switch bio 1080 with a mute grab before Sunday. The Yukon never had a top-five finish in freestyle skiing at the Canada Winter Games before then either. It does now.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.

Freestyle skier Kyran Allen had never done a switch bio 1080 with a mute grab before Sunday.

The Yukon never had a top-five finish in freestyle skiing at the Canada Winter Games before then either. It does now.

The 16-year-old landed the trick to place fourth in the big air competition at the Games on Sunday in Prince George.

“It feels pretty good. I’m pretty stoked about my fourth place,” said Allen. “There are more competitions to come and hopefully I can do good.”

Allen did the trick – crossing his skis with the grab and rotating three times in the air – in the qualifying rounds and the final to set a new high water mark for the territory. He placed second in the qualifier and was pushed down two spots in the final, scoring an 82.30, just 1.70 behind the bronze winner from Alberta.

“It’s a pretty big trick,” said Yukon coach Steven Harlow. “I think there’s only one other guy doing a switch bio 1080, and that’s Josh (Harlow) and he didn’t make finals. It’s a pretty massive trick.”

Only the top eight skiers in the field of 28 moved on to the final, and Allen wasn’t the only Yukoner to do it.

Teammate Niko Rodden qualified in fifth and went on to take eighth in the final.

He did a switch bio 900 in the qualifying rounds and a corked 900 with a tail grab in the final.

“There were a lot of 900s today, so it was really hard for the judges,” said Yukon coach Stuart Robinson. “So it came down to the amplitude and how well they were getting their grabs.”

Rodden almost didn’t even compete Saturday – he first needed a doctor to sign off on it. With his right eye already purpled from a face-plant during a training run, Rodden sprained his wrist in the final of the slopestyle competition on Saturday. He went on to place seventh in slopestyle as the only Yukoner to advance past qualifier.

“It’s been a great experience, lots of great things happened, even through I got hurt,” said Rodden. “I threw down in the slopestyle, made it to the finals. I didn’t land my run in the slopestyle finals, but I was still super stoked.”

He wasn’t the only skier having trouble piecing to together a clean run in Saturday’s slopestyle final in icy conditions. Just two of the eight finalists made it down with only their skis touching the snow.

With his wrist in a brace, he didn’t ski with poles in Sunday’s big air.

“Honestly, today I wasn’t expecting much from my performance, but I ended up landing my tricks better than I expected,” said Rodden. “My injuries didn’t stop me at all.”

“He uses that hand to grab, so he had to get through a lot of pain to get that grab,” said Robinson. “Every time he grabs it, it hurts.”

Anyone who’s been to an event like the Canada Games knows the Yukon fans tend to be the loudest cheerers. Boisterous is the word. Sunday was no different, but cheers roared from everyone – including the obnoxious announcer – when Yukon skiers landed big trick after trick. Spectators were scratching their heads, trying to figure out how little ol’ Yukon could produce so many top-notch skiers.

“We’re super proud of our team,” said Robinson. “I was talking to the head judge and they were so impressed by the Yukon team. We were basically a couple small mistakes away from multiple podium spots. That was really impressive.”

All of Yukon’s male skiers were well inside the top half of the standings following Sunday’s big air.

Dylan Reed claimed 11th and Josh Harlow 12th out of 29 skiers.

Reed, a last-minute addition to the team following the injury of a teammate, landed a corked 1260 for the highest rotation of any skier on the hill.

Reed also skied to 10th in Saturday’s slopestyle, just ahead of Josh in 11th and Allen in 16th.

Yukon’s Dawn Bohmer also pulled off a new trick Sunday. The 17-year-old landed her first 540 in the big air to place 16th – another best for Yukon.

“The 540 was the first time I’ve ever done one,” said Bohmer. “I decided at the top I was going to do it. So that was a new trick for me.”

“My big air was definitely better than my slopestyle yesterday.”

Bohmer also claimed 16th in the slopestyle with a 360 on the top jump, a mute grab on the second and a double spread on the bottom jump. After the first of two runs Bohmer was in fifth place, but was pushed out of a spot in the final in the second run.

“This is a really big, strong field for the girls – 23 athletes today – and so 16th place is excellent,” said Robinson. “She did great.”

Teammate Lyndsey Boorse took 21st on Saturday and 20th on Sunday.

The previous best finish by a male Yukon skier at the Games was a sixth place set by Miguel Rodden – Niko’s older brother – at the 2011 Games in Halifax.

With the Yukon skiers only competing in the slopestyle and big air, Sunday’s competition marked the end of the Games for the team.

“It’s been really fun. There’s lots of people to talk to after skiing,” said Allen. “The food is great. It’s just a fun opportunity, a great time.”

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dawson City’s BHB Storage facility experienced a break-and-enter last month, according to Yukon RCMP. (File photo)
Storage lockers damaged, items stolen in Dawson City

BHB Storage facility victim to second Dawson City break-and-enter last month

A proposed Official Community Plan amendment would designate a 56.3-hectare piece of land in Whistle Bend currently designated as green space, as urban residential use. Whitehorse city council will vote on the second reading of the Official Community Plan amendment on Dec. 7. (Courtesy City of Whitehorse)
Future area of Whistle Bend considered by council

Members set to vote on second reading for OCP change

The City of Whitehorse’s projected deficit could be $100,000 more than originally predicted earlier this year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City deficit could be just over $640,000 this year

Third quarter financial reports presented to council

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on Oct. 30. Masks became mandatory in the Yukon for anyone five years old and older as of Dec. 1 while in public spaces. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
As mask law comes into effect, premier says $500 fines will be last resort

The territory currently has 17 active cases of COVID-19

Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
Ranj Pillai, minister of economic development, during a press conference on April 1.
Government rejects ATAC mining road proposal north of Keno City

Concerns from the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun were cited as the main reason for the decision

The new Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation council elected Dec. 1. (Submitted)
Little Salmon Carmacks elects new chief, council

Nicole Tom elected chief of Little Salmon Carcmacks First Nation

Submitted/Yukon News file
Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit is seeking information related to the unsolved homicide of Allan Donald Waugh, 69, who was found deceased in his house on May 30, 2014.
Yukon RCMP investigating unsolved Allan Waugh homicide

Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit is seeking information related to an unsolved… Continue reading

A jogger runs along Millenium Trail as the sun rises over the trees around 11 a.m. in Whitehorse on Dec. 12, 2018. The City of Whitehorse could soon have a new trail plan in place to serve as a guide in managing the more than 233 kilometres of trails the city manages. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
2020 trail plan comes forward

Policies and bylaws would look at e-mobility devices

Snow-making machines are pushed and pulled uphill at Mount Sima in 2015. The ski hill will be converting snow-making to electric power with more than $5 million in funding from the territorial and federal governments. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Mount Sima funded to cut diesel reliance

Mount Sima ski hill is converting its snowmaking to electric power with… Continue reading

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Most Read