Competition has wrapped up for the Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships at Kirkwood, USA with local hero Josh Daiek making a dream come true. “To win in my home town is unbelievable. Yesterday was the best line i’ve ever ski’d in my entire life.”
Squaw Valley super stud, Kevin O’meara took second with the man, the myth, the legend Guerlain Chicherit taking home third place.
For the women, Angel Collinson took a 2+ point lead into her final run and never looked back. She closed out the deal with a fluid and fast, somewhat conservative line but it was enough to earn the victory. Janina Kuzma was second and Rebecca Selig rounded out the podium in third.
Josh Daiek was fast up top and had some good airs but had a mishap in the same trees that caught Davenport. He then took an ‘easy’ approach to the lower trees and made it to the finish standing.
When asked about his run he said he was, “Just trying to grease it and have fun.” About winning the comp he said it’s, “always been my dream, we’ll see if it’s enough to keep me up there.” Congrats, Josh, it was enough!
Dylan Crossman got a bit out of whack way up high and smoked the ensuing rocks. Then he lined up for a sick line far looker’s right and got hung up and barely missed rocks crashing far below. When asked what happened he said , “Not exactly sure… happens to the best of us.”
Ted Davenport had a podium spot in the bag until a tree snagged him while traversing to the lower cliff area. Such a bummer because he put together a sick run and was skiing great all week. “I came over a tree ledge and sure enoug there was a big ole bush that caught my shins.”
Guerlain Chicherit was fast and furious finishing with a big air off the Kodak Cliffs.
Kevin O’meara bombed the course with crazy speed and big airs and stomping his landings earning a 39.83 that gave him second place.
A lot of carnage today for the men. Several of the athletes crashed off the features on the Cirque. At one point 5 skiers in a row went down including Travis Wolf, Cliff Bennett, Caleb Brown and Julien Lopez. Although there was pleny of powder, there were also plenty of rocks and a few wind lips here and there. But when you charge as hard as these guys, it’s all or nothing and crashes are just part of the game.
Thanks to Mountain Sports International and the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour for putting on another amazing event with live feed coverage! Made my monday feel like a Friday!!!!
Highlights of today’s finals coming soon….
Watch highlights of day 1. All 3 men and women….
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