Vail, Colo. March 30, 2022 – High-level young freestyle athletes traveled to Utah’s Olympic Park for the Freestyle Junior Nationals in mid-March. SSCV made impressive runs, jumps and maneuvers through the moguls over the two days of competition.
The Freestyle Junior Nationals is a qualifying event in which younger freestyle athletes have the opportunity to compete against the top younger mogul athletes in the nation. The competition consisted of the men’s open moguls competition on March 18th, the women’s open moguls on March 19th and the men’s and women’s duals moguls competition on March 20th.
Here is the list of SSCV qualified athletes for the Freestyle Junior Nationals Competition:
“SSCV had a strong showing at Junior Nationals. We brought in multiple skiers ranging for this true Junior National Championship where the best young skiers went head to head on the same course at the Utah Olympic Park,” said John Dowling, SSCV Mogul Program Director. The field was deep with 90 women and almost 100 men on the start list.”
“Jiah Cohen led 3 SSCV men into the overall top 10 with a 2nd place podium behind Killington’s Jack Petrone. Speedster Oliver Smith bumped up to 8th after qualifying in 13th. Jameson Kust rallied to 9th with aggressive skiing and a pinned out back full on the top air. Caden McCormick shredded both his qualifying runs to land on the U15 podium in third and 27th overall. Also in the U15, Riley Hughes and Simon Cope put down 2 clean runs for 53rd and 62nd . TJ Soulakis, Ryan Stockton and Luke Weiler landed in 73rd, 77th and 87th respectively,” Dowling continued.
“In the women’s competition, Reese Chapdelaine, Kaiya Torres and Mahlia Torres all cracked the top 20 final. Chapdelaine put together a decent run for the final but struggled with airs on the low angle pitch for 14th overall. Kaiya Torres linked 360 iron cross to 360 for 15th. U13 Mahlia Torres flashed impeccable turns for the ageclass win as the sole U13 in the top 20 final and 18th overall. Ava Keenan coming back from a mid-season injury joined Torres on the U13 podium with 3rd place. Cali Carr came in 36th, Elle Keena 50th and Eliana Carr 79th. For Ava, Elle,and Eliana it was their first trip to Junior Nationals and their first exposure to such a deep field.” Dowling stated.
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