Yesterday, Thursday, March 18, 2010, saw a morning of warm sunshine, quickly followed by chilly lake-effect clouds in the afternoon, making for not only variable conditions on Day 2 of the Qualifer on Snowbird’s North Baldy, but poor visibility as well.
Unfortunately, for the men, nearly 20 athletes did not get to finish their qualifying run due to the cloudy weather, which made it impossible for the judges to see the venue. The remaining men will get their last chance to make it to the Finals tomorrow. The first day of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Championships—which is being held for the first time ever at Snowbird—will commence on Saturday, March 20, 2010.
Of the men that did qualify, those that came out on top were local to Salt Lake City: Pat Owen, of Snowbird, earned a 35.40 score, followed by Eric Newman, of Snowbird, with 34.50, behind him was David Wintzer, of Park City, who nabbed a 31.83. The top 17 men of today, Day 2 of the Qualifiers, will move on to the Championships, along with the men from Day 1 of the Qualifiers and the 18 men who must still prove themselves today.
For the women, who made it through their runs without any weather delays, Sara Mancuso, of Squaw Valley, came out on top with a
technical run in which she hop-turned down the venue, smartly avoiding the choppy corn snow, earning her a 29.17 score. Behind Mancuso, was Lindsey Van, of Alta, who skied a solid 28.00 score, followed by Alaina Huestis, of Snowbird, who nabbed a 27.93. The top five women of the 11, which competed yesterday, will move on to the Championships.