Davis second on final day of Junior Olympics
COPPER MOUNTAIN – It took some mental gymnastics for Kyle Davis to break himself out of his midseason skiing slump.
After falling in the giant slalom at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Rocky-Central J1 and J2 Olympics on Sunday and skiing a sub-par super-G on Saturday, Davis came back with a silver medal in Tuesday’s slalom. It was the final day of the Junior Olympics, which was hosted by Team Summit.
The difference for Davis, who won the Colorado High School state giant slalom championship with Summit High last month, was some simple self-affirmation in the start gate.
“I just took a different mental outlook on it,” he said. “Before now, there’s been a lot of negative self-talk, because I hadn’t been doing well. And today I just fed myself some more positive reinforcement. That’s what I think helped out the most.”
Results from local skiers got better throughout the week.
Winter Park’s Ian Dunlop won Tuesday’s slalom – he was just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Davis in the two-run format. Quantum Sports Club’s Austin Zimmer was 12th overall and second for the J2’s. Evan Barrett was 16th overall for Team Summit and fourth in the J2’s, and Quantum’s Gary Beresford finished 27th overall.
Barrett’s 16th came on the heels of a surprising 12th overall finish (third in J2’s) in Saturday’s giant slalom. Teammate Bobby Paulus was 13th in the event (fourth in J2’s).
“For those guys, that’s a good bump up,” said Team Summit coach Rob Worrell. “Some of these kids did amazing things this week. And we’re really excited that they did so well. Everyone had some highlights.”
For the women, Quantum’s Lyndee Janowiak was the top local Tuesday in fifth, and Team Summit’s Tucker Burton was seventh. Team Summit’s Daniella Meier finished third among J1’s and 11th overall. Quantum’s Chelsea Lynch was 16th.
Steamboat took the top two spots, with Emily Colin winning and Christine Roberts placing second.
Shelly Miller was 34th in the slalom, and her results during the week were a source of pride for Team Summit. Miller was 10th in the combined, which counts all four events. She was 21st in the GS.
“That just shows you how strong she is in all four events,” Worrell said. “She’s a very consistent skier.”
Quantum’s Raquel Reyes was 16th in the combined. Also, Quantum’s Lauren Brien was fourth in the giant slalom, and Janowiak was seventh. Team Summit’s Shun Sakaguchi was the top local male in the combined, placing 18th.
Many of these skiers – Davis included – are now looking ahead to the U.S. National Championships, set to start March 17 at Alyeska Resort in Alaska.
“The Junior Olympics is important in the region,” said Davis, a former Team Summit skier who now races for Bald Mountain Racing. “But the more important one is senior nationals, which are coming up in a couple weeks, which hopefully I’ll be in.”
Skiers will find out this week whether they’ve earned spots at nationals.
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