Winter has returned to our valley and our teams are out making the most of it! This week we had Simi and Morgan competing in the XC World Championships in Oslo, NOR, Freestylers absolutely owning the top of the podium at the Intermountain Div. Championships, young alpine racers taking advantage of their "home turf", young XC racers traveling to the northern reaches of MT for a ski festival, speed demons racing Super-G in Brundage and Bogus and the rest of the XC ODT racing in America's biggest ski marathon, the Birkie. Only the snowboard team had a week "off" - they travel to Park City on Tuesday. Here's the wrap:
Olympic Development Team
Oslo, Norway - Morgan Arritola and Simi Hamilton have both competed in their first 2011 XC World Championship events. On 2/24 Simi qualified 29th in the Freestyle Sprint, securing a spot in the quarterfinals. He did not advance beyond the quarters, but hopes his strong qualifying position earns him a spot in the team sprint. Morgan raced in the women’s 15K pursuit on 2/26 finishing 43rd. Races continue through March 6th. Full Results: www.fis-ski.com
. More info: www.oslo2011.no/en/
4 XC ODT racers travelled to Hayward, WI for the American Birkebeiner. This is the largest ski marathon held in the US each year. More than 8850 racers lined up this year, in 10 below temperatures to compete in the 50KM race. Nicole DeYong finished just 9 sec. off the podium, in 4th. Matt Gelso led the SV men in 10th, Colin Rodgers was 13th and Mike Sinnott finished 34th. There is also an elite sprint a few days before the marathon; Colin Rodgers was 3rd in the sprint!
Tai Barrymore won the 1/2 Pipe event at the Intermountain Div. Championships in Park City, UT (2/27). He is now packing his bags for a trip to Europe to compete in the European X Games as well as the World Cup HP Finals. He will be traveling with coach Ben Verge and skier Brita Sigourney. Here is a link to a great article about Brita in which she has some great things to say about Ben: http://www.allisports.com/winter-dew-tour/event/toyota-championship-2011/feature/brita-sigourney-raised-on-freestyle
Kaitlyn Farrington is gearing up for the 2nd and final stop of the Grand Prix, in Mammoth, CA. Winning the first stop, she is poised to finish well in the overall! The Mammoth Grand Prix is March 3-5.
The SVSEF Devo and Prep team travelled to Whitefish, MT for the Western States Youth Ski Festival. Competition included both traditional XC racing as well as obstacle courses, bamboo forests and "dress like a super-hero day". I'm sure we'll hear more about this when coach Kelley Sinnott defrosts...the high on Sat. was 7.
The comp team is getting ready for Junior Nationals which are being held in Minneapolis, MN from Mar. 6-12. 17 SVSEF racers qualified for the Championships.
KJ Savaria has been selected, via coaches' discretion, to compete in the J2 Nationals. He will join Teagen Palmer, Nicole Roos and Kipling Weisel. Races will be held in Sugarloaf, ME, March 4-11.
Tanner Farrow has been invited to participate in a US Ski Team training camp in Park City, UT from Mar. 1 - 6. He could gain a spot at the US National Championships if he is skiing well.
The J1/J2 Team travelled to Boise to compete in their Super-G Intermountain Div. Qualifier, the Trudi Bolinder Memorial. They raced in 3 races on Fri and Sat this last week. At the same time, the J3 Team was in McCall at the Brendan Armstrong Memorial, also a Super-G Qualifier for Junior Olympics. Top 15 results are listed. Full results: http://www.ussa-imd.org/alpine/races10/imc.htm
Trudi Bolinder Memorial - top 15 results
Sierra Fox: DNF/DNF/1st Overall on 2/26
Amanda Stelling: 6th/7th/16th - (4th/4th/9th in J2 age class)
Miles Sweek: 9th/DNF/DNF
Ben Kanellitsas: 10th/10th/46th – (2nd/4th in J2 age class)
Connor Farrow: 11th/8th/8th – (3rd/2nd/2nd in J2 age class)
Harlan Collins: DNF/14th/12th
Brendan Armstrong Memorial - top 15 results
Tanner Josey: 9th/8th/11th
Taylor Cooper: 11th/14th/18th
Jay Fitzgerald: 12th/16th/16th
Griffin Curtis: 25th /15th/25th
Will Harder: DNF/DNF/2nd
Samantha Busby: 4th/2nd/5th
Haley Cutler: 6th/4th/6th
Jordan Fitzgerald: 6th/13th/4th
Madison Milgard: 15th/14th/19th
Josie Allison: 14th/18th/14th
Here at home, we hosted the Monroe Cup/Lonnie Basolo Memorial for J4-J6 racers. Boys and girls from the Northern Division of Intermountain descended onto Hemingway and Cozy for 2 days of SL and GS racing. The SVSEF boys swept the J4 SL podium on Saturday while the girls swept the J5 GS podium! Top 5 results are listed below. Full results: http://www.ussa-imd.org/alpine/races10/north.htm
J-4 Boys (born '98-99)
Will Snyder 1st SL/ 1st GS
Kyle Maxwell 2nd SL
Wyatt Smith 3rd SL/2nd GS
River Vorse-Whittier 5th SL
Duncan Fuller 4th GS
John Blackburn 5th GS
J-5 Boys (born 2000-2001)
Jake Blackburn 4th GS/1st SL
Wyatt Minor 5th GS/4th SL
Will Griffith 2nd SL
J-6 Boys (born 2002-03)
Buey Grossman 2nd GS/2nd SL
Fletcher Stumph 3rd GS
J-4 Girls (born '98-99)
Sage Rheinschild 3rd SL/3rd GS
Kaitlyn Rathfon 4th SL/ 2nd GS
J-5 Girls (born 2000-2001)
Molly Milgard 1st GS/2nd SL
Lily Fitzgerald 2nd GS/1st SL
Libby Kaiser 3rd GS
Madison Ferris 5th GS/4th SL
J-6 Girls (born 2002-03)
Sage Curtis 2nd GS/ 2nd SL
Marit Kaiser 3rd GS/ 4th SL
The Park and Pipe Team travelled to Park City, UT for the Intermountain Division Championships. SVSEF athletes were on top of the podium in nearly every event!!!
Saturday - SlopeStyle
Trevor Hattabaugh - 1st Overall (1st J2)
River Kelly - 5th J3
Alysha Herich - 2nd J3
Parker Nance - 3rd J4
Sunday - Halfpipe
Tai Barrymore - 1st Overall
Ben Parker - 4th (1st J2)
Trevor Hattabaugh - 5th (2nd J2)
River Kelly - 7th (2nd J3)
Hannah Haupt - 1st Overall
Alysha Herich - 3rd J3
Parker Nance - 2nd J4
Hannah, Ben, Trevor and Tai will be competing in Stratton, VT (end of March) at the US National Championships. Ben and Trevor will be duking it out with the nation's best J2 skiers for a chance to represent the USA at the 2012 World Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, AUS. Only the winner of the J2's will earn the spot!
The Snowboarding team is packing for the final Intermountain Series event of the season in Park City. Competition is March 2-6. Resutls will determine who is invited to the USASA National Championships. While in Park City, Andy Gilbert has arranged for SVSEF athletes to use the multi-million $, US Ski/Snowboard Team Center of Excellence (facility) to hone their skills. Our athletes will have a chance to work with the US Snowboarding staff on air awareness in the foam pit, on the tramps and in the skate ramps - what an awesome opportunity!