Ski & Snowboard Club Vail riders threw down at the World Rookie Tour in Kaprun, Austria last week with five athletes representing the club at the season-culminating event.
“We had a lot of weather and delays throughout the week, but the final day ended up being super nice out,” said Snowboard Program Director Chris Laske.
In the halfpipe contest, Jack Coyne was able to earn a spot in the finals for the Rookie Division. He went into finals putting down both of his runs and landed a front 10, which was good enough to get him on the podium in third place.
In the Grom Division, only top eight made finals with Hayden Tyler missing by two spots. Kade Martin was also only a few spots out after falling in his second run on a big front seven. Ollie Martin also had a really good run, stomping his front five.
Slopestyle finished up a day later with Ollie Martin, Kade Martin and Tyler all sending big lines with a front three-back three and laced the rails. In their second runs, each added a 720 but were not able to put them down super clean. As a result, their first scores stuck, and the boys narrowly missed the top 12 of 40 total riders.
“I can easily say these were the biggest jumps they have ever spun in their life,” said Laske.
Jack Coyne laced his slopestyle semis run, earning second place in the heat. The riders had a couple practice runs before finals in which Coyne managed to stomp a switch back 12, so he decided to add it to his run. He fell on it first run of two but stomped it on his second run. Unfortunately, he bobbled a rail so they docked his score, leaving him in eighth place in an event swept by the Japanese.
“In all I could not of been more proud of all these boys for stepping up to the big leagues with a crazy good international field of riders,” said Laske. “It was truly fun to watch and to be there to help them achieve these results.”