Several locals participated in the annual World Championship Hill Climb over the weekend in Jackson. Having a particularly solid weekend was Idaho Falls snowmobiler Justin Thomas, who claimed silver in snowmobile hill cross at Winter X Games 2015.
The Medal Stand: Thomas has big weekend at Hill Climb
The 42nd annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb had much eastern Idaho representation over the weekend at Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyo.
Idaho Falls’ Justin Thomas had a particularly good weekend, placing fourth in the 900 stock finals in 1.12.16, winning the 900 mod finals in 1.02.14, taking second in the 1000 stock finals in 1.10.71 and winning the 1000 Improved Stock Finals in 1.06.57. He took second in King of Improved Stock in 1.09.22, won King of Mod Stock in 1.00.63 and King of Kings in 1.01.02.
Other locals competed in the finals. Swan Valley’s David McClure, who won the 600 improved stock final in 1:18.36, took fourth in the 600 mod final in 1.20.53, took second in the 700 Improved Stock final in 1.19.90, took seventh in the 700 mod finals in 1.16.86, fifth in the 900 Improved Stock Finals in 1.17.22 and fourth in King of Improved Stock in 1.13.87. Victor’s Rob Kincaid was fifth in the 600 improved stock final in 1:25.47 and Ammon’s Andy Thomas won the 600 mod finals in 1.10.13, took second in the 700 stock finals in 1.15.21, seventh in the 900 stock finals in 1.14.20, eighth in the 1000 stock finals in 1.15.74 and second in King of Mod Stock in 1:01.81. I.F.’s Aaron Capener was third in the 600 mod finals in 1.17.28 and sixth in the 700 mod finals in 1.16.08.
Coming up locally
Grand Targhee Resort’s seventh annual Sick Trick Comp is Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Helmets are required, but it is free to enter.
The annual Dollar Dayz Cold Bowl Pond Skim takes place at noon Saturday at Sun Valley Resort to commemorate closing weekend for Dollar Mountain. Bald Mountain remains open through April 15.
Team USA Update
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky announced Monday while in Washington, D.C., that she is foregoing her two final years of NCAA eligibility at Stanford to become a professional athlete. She intends to continue training and studying at Stanford. Ledecky, who turned 21 on March 17, has won eight individual titles in nine NCAA finals and has contributed to Stanford’s back-to-back women’s swimming and diving NCAA team titles the last two seasons.
Nathan Chen, who placed fifth at Pyeongchang 2018, won men’s figure skating gold over the weekend by a 47.63-point margin at the ISU World Championships in Milan, Italy. He is the first U.S. man to win the men’s world figure skating gold since Evan Lysacek in 2009. His cumulative score of 321.4 was a new personal best, and he landed six quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free program. Several of his competitors fell Saturday. Bradie Tennell ended up sixth after the women’s free program and Mirai Nagasu was 10th. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue took second in ice dance with a cumulative score of 196.64, which broke the U.S. record for total score set by Meryl Davis and Charlie White at Sochi 2014.