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Local Breckenridge skier crowned national telemark champ

special to the dailyBreckenridge skier Matthew Rosignolo rips through the course at the U.S. Telemark National Championships in Steamboat Springs last weekend. Rosignolo, 12, won the national title in the under-13 age division. Fellow Summit skiers Tommy Gogolen and Drew Hauser also had strong showings.

His coach with the Summit Telemark Ski Team, Tory Hauser, called local 12-year-old Matthew Resignolo a “truly talented skier.”

After his performance at last weekend’s U.S. Telemark Championships, there’s another way to describe the young Breckenridge skier: national champion.

Resignolo was the overall winner in the under-13 portion of American telemark skiing’s biggest competition, which took place over four days at Steamboat Springs’ Howelsen Hill.

“He’s skiing really well this year,” Hauser said. “He’s one of the best (young telemark) skiers out there.”

To determine the national titles in the various divisions, racers competed in sprint classic, dual slalom, giant slalom and classic disciplines. All the races were factored in, and the U.S. champs were crowned.

Steamboat’s Shane Anderson won the men’s overall title, and two Summit skiers weren’t far behind.

Tommy Gogolen, who finished third in the opening sprint classic, was fifth overall in just his second-ever appearance at nationals. The Breck skier, who’s a three-sport coach at Summit High, blew out his knee on his first run last year in the competition.

And 2009 U.S. champion Drew Hauser of Silverthorne finished sixth overall. Drew Hauser, Tory’s son, is a student at the University of Nevada and hasn’t had the time to train adequately for competing.

“By the end, Drew was looking like his old self again,” Tory Hauser said of his 21-year-old son.

As for Gogolen, Tory Hauser said he thinks the relative newcomer to the sport has a good shot at joining his son on the U.S. Telemark National Team.

“They’ll have to add up all the points,” said Hauser, who serves as the events director for the U.S. Telemark Ski Association. “But I think everyone’s been really impressed with his skiing. He’s a really good athlete, trains hard and has a really big desire to do well. That makes all the difference.”

For full results or more information on the USTSA, visit http://www.ustsa.org.

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