Lake Tahoe resident gives strong performance in Junior Olympics

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 16, 2010 3:17 pm

Steve Yingling of the Tribune sports reports:

“Hannah Curtzwiler of the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation finished runner-up in single moguls at the 2010 Freestyle Junior Olympics on Friday in Waterville Valley, N.H.

Curtzwiler turned, jumped and raced her way to a score of 20.51. Only Squaw Valley’s Ali Kariotis was better as she received a winning score of 21.78 from judges.

“Hannah was on a mission,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford. “The conditions were firm and icy. She’s a real technical skier, that’s what helped her.”

In addition to her overall silver medal, Curtzwiler earned a silver medal for her J1 age group. Teammate Anna Park placed 14th and was the J4 junior national champion with her score of 17.46.

Troy Tully of Pleasantville, N.Y., won the boys’ title with a run of 25.05. Heavenly’s Jake Hickman was fifth overall at 22.73 and Marshall Curtzwiler 11th at 20.82. Hickman earned a silver medal by finishing runner-up in the J2 class.

Other division medalists for Heavenly were Taryn Baker, silver, J4 moguls; and Lynne Hickman, silver, J4 aerials and bronze, J4 slopestyle.

The versatile Lynne Hickman was 14th in aerials, 22nd in slopestyle, 26th in halfpipe and 52nd in moguls.

Also, Heavenly’s Yamato Kashima threw some big air to finish 44th in male moguls with a score of 16.93 and Baker “turned like a machine,” according to Crawford to finish 40th overall in the female moguls division.

Crawford said the weather deteriorated on Sunday with raining falling sideways and sleet adding to the mix, causing the cancellation of dual moguls. Sage Wright of Heavenly was qualified to compete in duals with his teammates who took part in single moguls.

Both Curtzwilers, Jake Hickman and Kashima have qualified to compete at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships March 26-28 at Squaw Valley USA.”