Local results from 2016 youth ski Championships and qualifiers for USASA Nationals at Copper April 1-12
Team Summit’s Blake Moller places 4th at Rev Tour Seven Springs, earns invite to World Rookie Tour finals in Austria
On March 15, Team Summit up-and-comer Blake Moller placed 4th overall in the final U.S. Revolution Tour halfpipe event of the season, held on packed powder at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. The finals start list was intimidating, with golden boy Danny Davis taking first place with a 97.75 ahead of Jason Wolle with an 81.25 and Gregor Zed with a 77. Moller earned a 72.
Thanks to a strong Rev Tour season, 15-year-old Moller earned an invite to the World Rookie Tour finals in Ischgl, Austria from April 5-10. The tour is the largest youth snowboard series in the world, with 11 events across the globe.
Tommy Gogolen cracks top-20 in parallel sprint at FIS Telemark World Cup in Switzerland
From March 16-18, U.S. Telemark Ski Team athlete Tommy Gogolen was in Muerren, Switzerland for one of the final FIS World Cup telemark races of the season. The Summit County local crashed in the opening classic race on March 16 for a DNF, then returned on the second day for a 20th place in the sprint classic. Things got even better on the final day of racing when Gogolen placed 17th in the sprint parallel, which was recently added to the 2022 Winter Olympics roster.
For complete results, see the telemark tab at http://www.fis-ski.com.
Former Team Summit skier Pierce McCrerey takes 1st at the Colorado Collegiate Freeride Champs in Aspen
It was a good weekend for Summit County locals. From March 19-20, three Team Summit alumni competed in the Colorado Collegiate Freeride Championships at Aspen-Snowmass and came away with three top-10 finishes: Pierce McCrerey took first place, Stu Edgerly took fifth and Trent McCrerey took ninth. The event was open to college students (or any athletes) between ages 18-24 and held on an extreme alpine course at Snowmass, with runs judges on line choice, fluidity, control, technique, style and energy.
This was the inaugural season for the collegiate championships, which also doubled as an International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association-sanctioned qualifier for the Freeride World Tour.
Loveland Ski Club claims 18 podiums at year-end youth ski champs
After an incredibly successful regular season, youth athletes with Loveland Ski Club ended the season on a high note with podiums at all five ski championships held over the past two weeks. The club sent three athletes to the Rocky/Central U-16 Championships in Vail, four to the Rocky/Central U-14 Championships at Winter Park, six to the Rocky U-12 Championships at Loveland, five to the Rocky U-10 Championships in Telluride and 25 to the Eastern Conference Youth Ski League Championships at Loveland.
All in all, LSC athletes raced to 18 podium finishes at the five championships. Dasha Romanov finished the season with enough podiums for an invite to the Can-Am U-14 Championships, where the best U-14 athletes in the U.S. and Canada compete against each other. — SCOTT GRAHAM
Loveland YSL Championships, March 19-20
U-8 giant slalom, girl’s
1. Hadley Reed, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — 47.84
2. Margaret Bellatty, Winter Park Ski Club — 49.74
3. Sarah Lally, Loveland Ski Club — 51.03
U-12 giant slalom, girl’s
1. Erin Pointet, Loveland Ski Club — 42.79
2. Chloe Baughn, Loveland Ski Club — 43.38
3. Frankie Marston, VDT — 43.67
U-8 slalom, girl’s
1. Hadley Reed, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — 52.44
2. Sarah Lally, Loveland Ski Club — 56.06
3. Eden Demino, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — 56.80
U-12 slalom, girl’s
1. Erin Pointet, Loveland Ski Club — 44.65
2. Chloe Baughn, Loveland Ski Club — 46.83
3. Amanda Stevens, VDT — 47.76
U-12 slalom, boy’s
1. Wyatt Huston, Loveland Ski Club — 47.37
2. Miko Lewis, Loveland Ski Club — 47.53
3. Tanner Weiss, Eldora Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club — 48.39
U-14 Championships, March 11-16
1. Stella Johansson, Aspen Valley Ski Club — 52.00
2. Berit Frischholz, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — 42.56
3. Dasha Romanov, Loveland Ski Club — 52.81
Giant slalom, girl’s
1. Allyson Cornelius, Aspen Valley Ski Club — 44.53
2. Gabriella Holm, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — 44.74
3. Dasha Romanov, Loveland Ski Club — 45.17
Team Summit ends season with freeski, snowboard and alpine wins across the nation
The ski season is winding to a close and Team Summit athletes are kicking into high gear, with podiums and top-10 finishes at championships across the nation. Here are a few highlights from the club:
Moguls: James Crone skied his way to a 10th place finish at the 2016 Junior National Freestyle Championships at Sun Valley, Idaho from March 7-13.
Freeskiing: Chase Barrows took bronze in the overall combined category at the Sun Valley freestyle championships.
Freeskiing and snowboarding: Team Summit’s freeski and snowboard programs have qualified 33 total athletes for the 2016 USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, held April 3-7 (snowboard) and April 10-12 (freeski).
Big mountain: Team Summit’s Grifen Moller finished the 2016 big mountain season at second overall for U-18 men in the IFSA standings, behind Xander Guldman of Sugar Bowl Freeride and ahead of Ross Tester of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Big Mountain Team.
Nor-Am Cup Finals: On March 21, alpine skier Megan McGrew competed against World Cup, national and collegiate athletes in the Nor-Am Cup Finals, putting down a blazing second run to finish 22nd overall. She now competes in the U.S. Alpine Championships with Team Summit teammates Heidi Livran, Kayo Denda and Sarah Schleper, held in Sun Valley, Idaho from now until March 27.
Rocky/Central U-14 Championship: Jack Reich had impressive finish during the series, including third place and fourth place in the slaloms, second place and third place in the GS, and an impressive first-place finish in the super-G. His performance there earned an invite to the U-16 Nationals in Snowbird, Utah from March 29 through April 1.
Helenka Ostassewski also had strong finishes at the U-14 Champs, with eighth place in GS and 12th place in slalom.
Rocky U-10 Championships: Team Summit athletes combined for more than a dozen podiums and top-10 finishes at the U-10 Championships in Telluride, including second place in GS and slalom for Andrew Gunther, seventh place in slalom for Tyler Hopkins, ninth place in slalom for Devon DeBlois and 18th place in GS for Kaden Graper. On the girls side, Lauren Stec placed fourth and fifth in GS, Addison Dulaney placed 13th in slalom and Alyssa Peterson took 31st in slalom.
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