In local club skiing news … |

In local club skiing news …

Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Team Summit post-graduate alpine racer Katie Hartman posted a personal-best 27th-place finish at the Junior World Championships in Austria earlier this month, and also took 29th in the slalom. She then went on to the NorAm Cup finals in Canada last week, along with teammate Kirsten Cooper and coach Mike Kylsa.

” Cooper is currently in Whistler, B.C., at the Canadian National Championships, where she’ll take part in the downhill and super G races. She’ll be joined there by Quantum Sports Club’s Katie Beardsley.

“The competition promises to be stiff with many racers intent on gaining valuable experience on the 2010 Olympic venue,” said TS alpine director Sean Ramsden, who is coaching in Whistler.

” Cooper, Hartman and fellow postgrad racer Taggart Spenst have all qualified to compete at the U.S. National Alpine Championships from March 27 to April 3, at Alyeska Resort in Alaska. Elsey will be their coach there.

” Team Summit’s four athletes who competed under Elsey at the J2 Junior Olympics at Mt. Bachelor, Ore. ” Joey Chevalier, Kristina Krone, Brannan Sheely and Memry Anderson ” “all posted some strong results,” Ramsden said. Chevalier, in particular, was runner-up in a second super G, which was held after the JOs but which featured the same competitors.

” Led by Bruce Perry Jr. of Keystone and Team Summit’s Michael Martinez, the local devo freestylers fared well in Durango last weekend at the season finale. Perry Jr. won the state championship with a gold medal, while Martinez took top honors in the slopestyle and was crowned state champ. Both skiers are on their way up to the Rocky Freestyle circuit next season.

Martinez also exhibited his versatility by placing fourth in aerials and ninth in moguls.

Among other top-10 finishes, Sean Scanlan won the J3 moguls competition; Josh Jenkins took sixth in J4 moguls and 10th in J4 aerials; Kira Wright was fifth among J3 girls in moguls; Taylor Poyfair took sixth in J4 girls moguls and eighth in aerials; and Julia Jenkins was eighth among J5 girls moguls skiers, fifth among J5 girls aerialists and seventh among J5 slopestylers.

” Team Summit and Quantum devo skiers took part in the Youth Ski League Championships last Sunday at Copper, and they are also set to compete in the Summit Cup finale at Copper on Saturday.

” Finally, the J4 Junior Olympics are taking place this week at Winter Park.

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