Qualifying is done at the US National Freeskiing Championships. With a huge storm on the way, it’s going to be a contest for the ages. Check out the ski channel.com on Saturday and watch all the action live.
As the winds picked up and the snow began to dump, 74 qualifier athletes competed on Lookout Vista, including several wait-listed athletes who were psyched to hear they’d been added to the start list. With the forecast predicting quite a significant storm, and five feet of fresh expected by Friday night, Day One has been postponed. The competition is scheduled to resume on Saturday on The Cirque, looker’s left.
“In Kirkwood, we have some of the toughest competition we’ve ever seen on the world tour with competitors from Chile, Sweden, France, New Zealand, Canada and the US,” said Frankie Alisuag, announcer for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour.
For the men, local boy Josh Daiek came in first with a 35.27, Broc Sheue of Sun Valley took second with a 32.67 and Squaw Valley’s Kevin O’Meara came in third with a 32.50.
On the women’s side, Australian Natalie Segal took first, followed by Stowe’s Sasha Dingle with a 27.43 and Vanessa Aadland of Snowbird, UT with a 27.20.
“We had to make an incredibly deep cut, probably the deepest cut we’ve had,” said Head Judge Jim Jack. “We have the best athletes in the world here; this is going to be a fierce competition.”
Following a deep cut, 20 athletes made it through from the Qualifier to Day One. With 100 competitors scheduled to run Saturday, including a heavy list of 80 prequalified athletes, it’s anybody’s game.
For a complete list of qualifiers, check out freeskiingworldtour.com