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The GoPro Dual Slalom took place Tuesday and Wednesday at Minturn Bike Park.
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Foresta and Johnson win inaugural double slalom event

Joey Foresta and Dani Johnson were crowned the Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s champions, respectively, in Wednesday’s inaugural GoPro Dual Slalom event at Minturn Bike Park.

The two-run qualifying rounds took place on Tuesday, with the best cumulative times used for the seeded riders for Wednesday’s tournament-style knockout format. Foresta (South Jordan, Utah) beat the 28-rider field, ultimately eliminating Luca Cometti of Capo Beach, California in the final. Colorado’s top runner was Collin Hudson, who finished third after beating Alpine, California’s Kyle Strait in the small final.

Gypsum’s Chris Higgerson advanced to the 1/8 finals, the furthest of any home in the professional men.

Johnson, a native of San Diego, Calif., defeated Teagan Heap (Boulder City, Nevada) in the women’s pro final. Eagle’s Hailee Rustad and Dana Williams and Avon’s Celia Ferguson were the most advanced locals, bouncing back in the 1/8th round.

The event also featured open amateur, beginner, expert and sport divisions, where 43 athletes, many of whom were Vail Valley residents, raced on the course designed by Straight Acres. The double slalom venue will also remain at Minturn Bike Park after the Mountain Games.

Carr and King win Yeti Catch Wars

The first GoPro Mountain Games fishing competition kicked off Thursday with the Yeti Catch Wars.
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Justin Carr and Rick King took home the $1,000 prize for winning Thursday’s Yeti Catch Wars contest, the premier fishing event at the GoPro Mountain Games.

Carr and King landed 23 fish in total, earning a total score of 520 points to beat the team of Chad Sperry and Patrick Duke (470) and Kirk Lewis and Joseph Schwonke (460). Twelve teams competed in the event.

Scoring was a combination of the number of trout caught and the length of three fish measured. While each fish caught scored 10 points, 10 bonus points per inch above the 12″ minimum were also awarded. Teams of Troy Garner and Jeff Ellis and Jesse Haller and Charlie Schmidt each caught 17 fish, second in total caught.

Climbing returns to the Mountain Games

Ushering in the return of climbing competitions to the Mountain Games, the GoPro Youth Climbing event welcomed children of all ages to the climbing wall with Vail Mountain as the backdrop.
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The return of climbing competitions to the Mountain Games kicked off on Thursday with the GoPro Youth Climbing event. The bouldering competition, which ends on Sunday, had categories for Junior (2003-2004 birth year) and Youth AD (2005 and under).

The classic redpoint format had a variety of set routes, each with varying levels of difficulty. Athletes could attempt any block problem at any time during the three-hour period, earning points based on difficulty. The top five scores on each athlete’s scorecard were counted for the final ranking.

The North American Cup Series events began on Friday and will end on Saturday.

“We are very pleased with the success of the first series of North American Cups in 2021 and excited to once again partner with our friends at Climbing Escalade Canada to develop the next generation of climbers,” said USA Climbing CEO Marc Norman. , in Vail Valley. Ross Leonhart of the Foundation before the Mountain Games. The series, which includes three disciplines (bouldering, advance and sprint) makes five stops off the World Cup circuit, allowing elite athletes to compete in Virginia, British Columbia, Montreal, Arizona and Vail. The Vail stop has more registrants than any other stop to date.

“It’s meant to harvest the talent that’s out there that might not be recognized,” Moore told Shauna Farnell of the North American Cup.

“It’s the way for grown-ups to get on stage and make a name for themselves. … Since rock climbing reached the Olympics, [USA Climbing] trying to find other ways to find talent,” Moore continued.

“The North American Cup is a step below the World Cup, but it was born out of the desire to bring more talent to the track for the Olympic team. That’s kind of the idea. … Who is out there that we know nothing about? Who are the black horses?

The Celsius Citizen Climbing Competition, which is open to recreational, masters and para-climbing athletes, is Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

dog days continue

With Orijen DockDogs events happening all weekend, life is golden for local pets.
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Longmont’s Patrick Walker blitzed the Rocky Dog 5k course, running a time of 17 minutes, 45.8 seconds to win the event with the help of his pup, Ruby. Locals Drew Warkentin and Tulo (19:39.4) and Michael Dorr and Smokey (20:59) complete the podium.

The women’s open was a bit tighter, with 57-year-old Christiine Eidmann and Seppi (24:26.8) earning a 31-second win over Vail’s Marina Hand and Heehaw. Cynthia Edgerton and Appolo, also of Vail, took third place (25:32.2).

GMC Kayak Freestyle Event Heats Up

Kayaking continued to impress the crowds Thursday and Friday at the Jeux de la montagne. The GMC Kayak Freestyle Finals are Saturday.
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Dane Jackson had a monster first run, scoring 1,446.67 – the second-highest score was Nick Troutman’s 1,110.00 – in Thursday’s preliminaries to put him safely ahead after day one of the GMC Freestyle Kayaking, a favorite with Mountain Games fans. In Friday’s semifinal, Jackson was the top performer of the five finalists advancing to Saturday’s final, posting a score of 1,430.00. Stephen Wright, Seth Chappelle, Nick Troutman and Hunter Katich have also moved on.

Emily Jackson (1,273.33) and Olivia McGinnis (1,151.67) were the women’s field class on both days. The 19-year-old McGinnis, who won two freestyle world championship medals (a bronze from 2017 and a silver from 2019) had the best singles run of the preliminaries, scoring 745 on her first try. In Friday’s semifinals, Jackson’s second run of 475.00 took first place, with McGinnis’ 463.33 in second. Katie Frankhouser, Cat Hadman and Rachel Scheffe also advanced.

The finals take place just below the international bridge on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Kayakers compete in Thursday’s freestyle qualifier at the GoPro Mountain Games.
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