Today ended up being a beautify day at all the venues! The snow that gave us some issues yesterday blew westward and left us with sunny skies all day long. When not competing, the athletes could be found all over the mountain checking out the powder. In fact, boys 10-12 skiercross champion, Kai Sherman, was found on the backside of Copper Mountain sporting his #1 bib!
The slopestyle course was filled with Open Class athletes and those over 19 years. It was a pretty amazing show, and a tough battle to first place, with scores in the high 80's. In the end, Cody Cirillo, from Breckenridge, CO, took the gold for the Open Class men, and Emily Wint won the women's Open Class competition with a score of 91.0!
Our youngest skiers, those 12 and under, were in the halfpipe today. It's awesome to see such little grooms get their ski tips above the lip of the pipe. The spectator area at the bottom of the halfpipe was filled with anxious and excited parents all day, potentially the biggest crowd that we have had down there!
Showcasing in skiercross today was a huge group of skiers! Those 13 to 18 years of age battled it out in their respective age groups to become 2011 Skiercross Champions. In the end, Erik Wehse, Peter Palumbo, and Peter White took the medals for 13-15 year old skier men. There were many close races in the rest of finals as well!
With the sun finally showing its face for our ski competitors, awards were jam packed with families and friends of the athletes, as well as sponsor tents. We can only hope that tomorrow goes as smoothly as today!