Winter sports galore in this week’s Medal Stand column, and plenty of local connections.
The Medal Stand: Graham 6th entering nationals free skate
Shelley figure skater Mathew Graham is currently three spots back from the podium at his first U.S. Figure Skating Championships in four years.
The 19 year-old was the final skater out of 11 to take the ice for Wednesday morning’s junior men’s short program in Kansas City. Per icenetwork.com’s results, he received a score of 54.57 and had no deductions for his short program. He enters
Friday’s free skate in sixth place and will be the eighth skater of 11 to take the ice. There were 12 junior men skaters originally scheduled to compete this week, but Kendrick Weston of Salt Lake Figure Skating withdrew.
Graham, who now lives and trains in Ogden, qualified for nationals by placing second in the the junior men’s competition at the Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships in November.
Rigby snowboarder Jessika Jenson placed 16th in slopestyle qualifications Tuesday at the FIS World Cup stop in Laax, Switzerland. The top 12 from qualifications advanced to the semifinals, including her U.S. teammates Jamie Anderson, Karly Shorr, Julia Marino and Hailey Langland.
Coming up locally
The inaugural Moose on the Loose winter triathlon is scheduled for Saturday at Harriman State Park in Island Park. It consists of a six-mile fat bike course, a 1.5-mile snowshoe course and six-mile cross-country ski course. Registration is open to relay and solo participants and can be completed at trithemoose.com.
Kelly Canyon Resort is hosting a big air competition Saturday and Grand Targhee Resort’s second fat bike night race takes place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. It is eight miles long and helmets and lights are required for participants.