Local 'boarders clean up at slalom

— A quick glance at last weekend's snowboarding results from Vail proves why the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has one of the hottest programs in the country right now.

Steamboat athletes claimed 11 first-place finishes, five second-place and six third-place results during two slalom races at Beaver Creek on Jan. 26.

The local boarders also claimed three gold, four silver and four bronze medals at a slopestyle meet in Breckenridge a day later.

But who's counting?

In the first event, held Jan. 26 in Beaver Creek, Steamboat's Austin Reed topped the grommet boys (8-9), Ryan Oleski topped the menehune boys (10-11), Scott Stanko topped the breaker boys (12-13), Vic Wild topped the youth boys (14-15) and David Manthei topped the junior boys (16-17) divisions.

Steamboat's Jake Eagerton (menehune), Charlie Peddie (breaker) and Lex Carrigan Koski (youth) all placed second. Another local rider, Wes Eddington, was third in the junior division.

Reed, Oleski and Manthei all repeated in their divisions in the second slalom race, which was held later the same day. Peddie won the breaker boys division and Lex Carrigan Koski topped the youth men.

Second-place finishes came from Eagerton in the menehune division and Wild in the youth.

Breaker Chad Oliver, Brad Saunders and junior Wes Eddington all finished third in the second event.

Tori Carrigan Koski, who is in the youth division, led the local girls with first-place showings in both the first and second slaloms. Emily Robinson, who is a breaker girl, was third in both slalom runs.

On Jan. 27, the athletes moved to Breckenridge for a slopestyle event. The top results in that event were mixed with some bad news.

Tori Carrigan Koski, one of the team's strongest girls, was injured after crashing in a big air contest. She had a compression fracture of two lumbar vertebrae and will be out for the season.

However, before the fall, she earned a second place in the youth division. Teammate Emily Robinson placed first in

the slopestyle for the breaker girls.

Other top finishes came from Reed ,who won the grommet boys and Lex Carrigan Koski, who won the youth boys.

Max Erickson was second in the menehune boys and Stefan Zittel earned his first podium in that division with a third-place showing.

Peddie was second in the breaker boys and Grant Glenn was third in the open men's class.

In the youth division, Ryan Loughridge was second and Walker Hammond was third.

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