Chevalier leads locals at J3 Junior Olympics
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ASPEN ” Led by podium mainstay Luc Henri Chevalier, the 13 Team Summit J3s who competed at last week’s Junior Olympics picked the right stage to strut their stuff.
“Every single kid we had there skied better then they have before,” Team Summit J3 coach Paul Tronnier said. “They just picked it up ” some didn’t do well in one event or another, but everyone did well in at least one event.”
Chevalier, one of eight TS boys who competed in Aspen, won the super G and the giant slalom, took second in the downhill and did not finish the slalom.
“Luc’s been pretty consistent the whole year,” Tronnier said. “At the end of last year, he was 3 or 4 seconds behind Cooper Cartmill. This year they’ve been at the same level and they were back and forth last week.”
Cartmill, who skis as an independent racer, won the downhill and was runner-up in both the GS and the super G. He took 25th in the slalom.
Team Summit’s Connor McDonald had a strong showing in Aspen with a third-place result in downhill, fourth in super G, seventh in GS and eighth in the slalom; Keegan Zorens took sixth in the downhill, sixth in the GS, seventh in the slalom and 13th in the super-G; and Ryan Messett took fifth in GS, sixth in the downhill and 14th in the super G.
Other Team Summit J3s who competed where Doug MacIsaac (16th in super-G), Brian Hartman (15th in slalom), Kevin Krone (15th in GS) and Cory Ketai (16th in slalom).
Tronnier said he was struck by the success of his first year J3s, a group that includes Krone.
“(Krone) started way back in the 60s for the GS,” Tronnier said. “Then he moved all the way up to 27th and then to 15th.”
Team Summit’s boys amassed more points than any other male team in Aspen.
“They’re working on a team award for next year,” Tronnier said. “If they had it this year, we would have won it.”
Due to his results, Chevalier has qualified for the Whistler Cup, a prestigious international competition to be held next month in British Columbia.
On the girls side, Elizabeth Strong had Team Summit’s best result with a 12th-place finish in the super G. Other top-20 finishers included Anne Strong (18th in slalom), Hannah Price (19th in slalom) and Stephanie Walters (18th in GS, 20th in super-G and slalom). Shelbee Woods-Ramierez’ best result was 38th in the super-G.
Tronnier described his J3 bunch of a group of talented and competitive athletes.
“They’ve all pushed each other pretty hard,” he said. “It’s helped the entire group just snowball into becoming faster skiers.”
Quantum Sports Club sent three J3 racers to Aspen ” Leah Canfield, Dael Moulton and Zach Michieli.
Canfield led all Summit County girls, taking fifth place in the GS, eighth in the super G and 14th in the downhill.
Moulton’s best finish was 22nd in the GS, while Michieli’s was 43rd in the super G.
“Our kids didn’t do as well as they would have liked,” QSC coach Olin Armstrong said. “But it was a good experience for them to learn about the pressures that come with JOs. … Remember their names ” they’ll be out there for a long time.”
Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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