Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Steamboat Springs On a day where snow and flat light limited visibility, and on a course where steep rocky pitches tripped up more than one contender, it was local freestyle skier Scott Vos who found the will to succeed.
"Scott skied with determination," coach Garth Hager said. "He made it down the steep, gnarly course with ease."
In describing the run, Vos preferred to use the word luck rather than ease. The Steamboat skier said he was one of a handful of athletes that was able to ski during a short period of sunshine that graced the run at Arapahoe Basin during the Landon Sawyer CU Bump Bash.
He made the most of it.
"I had sun for the run, which made a pretty big difference," Vos said.
He used speed to cruise through the bumps, and posted the fastest time out of the field of 125 skiers. Vos was rewarded with a score of 24.57.
"I had a bad second run but my first run was good enough to win the event," Vos said.
Summit County's Justin Henceroth was second at 24.05 and his teammate Eric Banghart was third at 23.58.
Steamboat's Kyle Ewing was fourth, Eddie Keiser was 12th and Michael Mead was 17th.
Vos said he was happy he could win one of two events at the Landon Sawyer CU Bump Bash. Sawyer skied for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for several years, but died last year in a skiing accident.
"I skied my first year with Landon," Vos said. "I didn't know him that well, but I wished that I had gotten to know him a lot better ... he was an incredible person who touched a lot of people in his life."
Vos said that the competitors in the event decided to wear costumes in honor of the fallen skier, who was known as a fun-loving guy who enjoyed life to its fullest and often expressed that through his dress.
Summit County's Katherine Lynch won the women's event on Saturday. Winter Park's Jenny Haywood finished in second and her teammate, Molly Sullan, took third.
The top Steamboat skier was Erica Damon, who finished fifth. Maryann Skraba was 11th, Justine Chellel was 12th, Jennifer Meehleis was 15th and Patty Hanley was 17th.
"Katherine did an helicopter-iron cross and a helicopter to win, but Erica skied smooth with two clean doubles," Hagar said.
A clear sky greeted the skiers for the final mogul event of the weekend on Sunday.
Henceroth finished in first as he out skied Steamboat's Keiser in the two-run event. Ewing placed seventh and Vos, who only completed one run in the Sunday event, took 10th.
"I crashed in training and suffered a concussion," Vos said.
After the first run, Vos started to feel the effects of the crash and elected not to start his second that day.
"I didn't know that it was a concussion until I started to drive home that afternoon,' Vos said.
The skier will get a short break to recover before the regional event rolls around in two weeks.
Vos plans on using the time to add another trick, a D-spin (a flip with a twist), to his skiing. It's something he has been working on and thinks will be important if he wants to score well at the regional event, and then the national qualifiers, which will follow in March.
Lynch swept the women's event with her second win on Sunday. Steamboat's Damon was fifth, Chellel was eighth and Meehleis came in ninth.