Friday, December 29, 2000
Steamboat Springs Steamboat freestyler Gina Gmeiner concluded a two-day Open Moguls competition at Voo Doo Friday by jumping three spots into fourth place.
Gmeiner, who finished with a score of 21.33, came in seventh at Thursday's moguls event. Her sister, Carly Gmeiner, traded spots with her by placing fourth Thursday and seventh Friday.
Both sisters are members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
"We're best friends and we're so close that competing doesn't really affect how we stand with each other," Gina Gmeiner said.
"It's always good to have her pushing me and to be alongside me and to trade places. It makes us see how good we both are at supporting each other."
The top women's finisher at the moguls race was Anna Erberle of Utah. She finished with a score of 22.41.
Local favorite Lauren Crawford suffered a hard fall that prevented her from competing but stayed at the event to cheer on her Winter Sports Club teammates.
Erin Anderson, who finished No. 11 on Thursday, moved a spot higher to No. 10.
Travis Mayer, a Steamboat skier who is on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, was the first-place finisher in the men's competition with a score of 26.88.
Mayer was second at Thursday's race.
Logan Belz came in fifth place and Chris Pusey placed sixth. Ryan St. Onge, who hails from Steamboat and who is on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, was 10th.
"The course was pretty firm today so that made it kind of difficult for the athletes," Belz said. "But the weather was really nice and the competition went smoothly."
The men's team had a strong showing, considering that a handful of skiers placed significantly higher than they did Thursday.
The Winter Sports Club's teams have yet another event to conquer today an aerials competition that concludes their three-day series at Voo Doo.
Upright aerials start at 10:30 a.m. followed shortly thereafter by inverted aerials.
Gina Gmeiner stumbled a bit at last year's aerial competition but says she is eager to give it another go-around.
"I'm a little bit nervous because last year I took that crash in aerials," Gmeiner said. "But, I had a good day training today.
"I stuck to my landings, and I had good air and my tricks were clean. It's going to be a great competition."