COPPER MOUNTAIN — Months of training, anticipation and building excitement, all to drop into the halfpipe and fall on your butt a couple of times.

It’s a rite of passage 16-year-old Jack Coyne endured with a smile on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix competition and FIS World Cup.

It was Coyne’s first-ever Grand Prix appearance, and he dressed for the occasion, wearing a thrift store Christmas sweater. …

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