Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fullhart places 18th at weightlifting worlds

Colorado Springs resident Doreen Fullhart placed 18th today in the 165.3-pound division at the World Weightlifting Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Fullhart lifted 465.1 pounds. She had a top snatch of 222.6 pounds and a clean and jerk of 242.5 pounds.

Her 18th-place finish, coupled with top-20 finishes Monday by Colorado Springs residents Natalie Woolfolk and Carissa Gump at 138.8 pounds, positions the U.S. women's national team to qualify all four spots for the 2008 Beijing Games.

On Wednesday, four Colorado Springs weightlifters will compete: Two-time Olympian Cheryl Haworth and Pan American Games silver medalist Emmy Vargas at 165.3-plus pounds and Casey Burgener, also a Pan American Games silver medalist, and Zach Schluender at 231.4-plus pounds.

Springs figure skaters head to Croatia

Three Colorado Springs residents will compete Thursday through Sunday at a Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series stop in Zagreb, Croatia.

In the ladies short program, Alexe Gilles is coming off a runner-up finish at this year's first JGP event in Lake Placid, N.Y. She took fifth in the junior division of the U.S. Championships.

Austin Kanallakan, competing in the men's short program, also won a silver medal in Lake Placid. He won gold medals last year at JGP stops in Norway and France.

Rachel Tibbetts will join Chicago's Collin Brubaker in the ice dancing competition. Tibbetts and Brubaker placed fifth in their lone JGP appearance in Romania.

Air Academy teacher begins Vegas hockey tourney

Colorado Springs resident James Risenhoover is part of a team that will begin competition Friday at the USA Hockey InLine Cup in Las Vegas.

Risenhoover went 9-6 with a 3.33 goals-against average and an .821 save percentage in 15 games this year with the Parker Prowlers of the Professional Inline Hockey Association. He's a physical education teacher at Air Academy High School.

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