Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club big mountain skier Bryan Gilbertson was already plenty familiar with second place before an International Freeskier and Snowboarder Association event last weekend in Winter Park, and when he came in second yet again — a fine accomplishment in a tough field — he could only shrug his shoulders.
It was his fourth second-place finish of the season.
“He looked at me and said, ‘I’m banished to second place,’” Steamboat coach Jon Wade said. “I told him, ‘You’ll get there one of these days.’”
There was a bit of an upside this time, however. The skier who slid in to beat him was younger brother Jacob Gilbertson, climbing to the top of the podium in the boys 15 to 18 class by hitting two huge airs on his run.
“He skied a really smooth, clean run with two really big airs. His entrance air went into a 20-foot wide chute, a pretty technical entrance into the venue, which scored really high,” Wade said. “He skied smooth and hung on.”
The team had strong results up and down the lineup. Tommy Henninger was eighth in the boys 12 to 14 division. The Gilbertsons went 1-2 in the 15 to 18 class, with Bryce Zetzmen right on their heels in fifth place, Wyatt Daigle in 11th, Callum Becvarik 15th, McAllan Moody 24th, Quinn Keefe 28th, Frank Becker 32nd, Patrick Dillon 33rd and Will Eck 35th.
The team only had two athletes compete a day later. There, Zetzman was third and Becvarik 12th, both in the 15 to 18 division.
Next up for the team is a trip in a few weeks to Breckenridge, then a NorAm event for the team’s top skiers in Kirkwood, California.
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