Young Devo team members grab medals at Telluride

Several members of the Purgatory Freestyle Devo Ski Team took home medals in their first seasonal event in Telluride.

The USSA Rocky Mountain Freestyle qualifier event Jan. 12-13 pitted freestyle skiers ages 6 to 14 from Purgatory, Telluride, Vail, Summit County and Steamboat.

Amina Youssef led the Purgatory team in moguls, capturing the first overall title of her career. Youssef narrowly outpaced teammate Trudy Mickel, who took the silver.

Freddie and Charlie Mickel won gold medals in the J7 and J6 age divisions, respectively.

Elle Duke took home a silver and Dana Stahl won bronze in the J3 group.

Carter McQuinn skied to a fourth-place finish in a field of 25 competitors in J4. Another J4 skier, Tanner Murphy, placed ninth without using ski poles. His thumb is in a cast because of a training injury.

Emmett Stottlemyer (11th), Max Wilson (15th) and rookie Joseph Pope (16th) rounded out the J4 scoring for Purgatory.

Lane McClure led the J3 boys with a fourth-place finish, followed by Berr Kilgo (seventh), T.J. Rifkin (ninth) and rookie Easton Verduzco (11th).

Emma Duke took fifth among J5 girls while Hunter Rawles was ninth for the J5 boys. Cole Alexus followed in 11th.

Trudy Mickel took the girls overall title in dual moguls, which was contested on the second day. McQuinn added a bronze while Youssef placed fifth and Charlie Mickel eighth.

Some of the more exciting duals pitted 10-year-old skiers Cole Alexus and Rawles, who both beat teenagers in taking ninth and 17th, respectively.

The two-day mogul and dual mogul competition brought out 80 competitors. Athletes earned points to qualify for the Rocky Mountain Devo State Championships, which take place in March at Arapahoe Basin.

The Purgatory Freestyle Team will host the USSA region competition this weekend at Chapman Hill in Durango. Single moguls will take place Saturday with dual moguls Sunday. Competition both days will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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