Free fallin'

New tricks, practice pay off for skier

A little extra practice paid off big for 15-year-old freestyle skier Nic DeVos in Thursday's Rocky Mountain Divisional aerial event.

DeVos, a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, used two tricks he perfected during a training session the day before to take third in Thursday's competition.

"I worked on them all afternoon Wednesday," DeVos said. "They felt pretty good, so I decided to use them in the competition."

The gamble paid off for the J3 skier, who unveiled a 360 spin and a 360 iron cross at the event. He was the top Steamboat finisher in third place with a total of 99.28 points.

"This was my best finish yet," DeVos said. "I'm totally surprised. I was just hoping to finish in the top 10, so this is great."

The men's event was won by Chris Schumacher who stole the show with a 360 helicopter iron cross grab and 360 iron cross grab spread. The Aspen skier finished with 112.90 points. His teammate, Andrew Wicks finished second with 104.57 points.

Other top Steamboat finishers included Bo Randolph in fifth, Luke Kamieniecki in sixth and Daniel MacArthur in seventh. Steamboat's Nathaniel Chellel was 12th and Max Pensack was 13th.

Steamboat's Caterina Mader topped the women's field with a triple twister and double twister spread. The Steamboat skier collected 86.67 points for her effort to edge out teammate Camille Bucci, who finished second.

Team Summit's Jordan Poyfair was third and Steamboat's Jenny Rose Lee was fourth.

The event was the third of the week in the Rocky Mountain Divisional Championships. The competitions will continue today with the championship moguls on Voodoo. The competition is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m.

The junior moguls will take place Saturday and the duals, the final event of the week, will take place Sunday. Both events are scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. on Voodoo.

--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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