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Quantum’s Masters skiers take top spots at nationals

Shauna Farnell

Not many racers can match their age with miles per hour, but certain members of the Quantum Sports Club masters program pulled it off this season.

The masters group ranges in age from 21 to 70 years, and skiers from the Summit group chiseled out more than their initials throughout the race season, which concluded two weeks ago with nationals in Winter Park.

“It’s a pretty competitive group of people that race through masters,” said Quantum coach Ron Emery. “You have people from regular labor-type workers to COOs. Our group had a really good season.”

One of Quantum’s more noteworthy masters skiers is Armand Chappel, who, at 70, won at least one race in every discipline throughout the season. He was 2 1/2 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor at the split in the nationals downhill race when he crashed and dislocated his shoulder.

“He’s a pretty tough guy,” Emery said. “He’s taken some pretty horrendous crashes this winter. In Colorado, there are only about five or six skiers in his age category. He was in the top-three at nationals. He got a very late start. He didn’t start skiing until he was 41.”

Although his injury put Emery out of competition for the remainder of the national events, his teammates came through with some top results in a field of racers from “Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between,” Emery said.

Quantum’s Morgan Nields, racing for class 7, took third in the national super-G race and was the sixth overall finisher. Class 2 skier Elyse Wilson took second in downhill, third in super-G and was third overall while Chuck Ginsburg, racing in the super-competitive class 4 category, took 11th in downhill and 17th overall. Christian Woll, who trains with Quantum and races class 3, won the speed events at nationals and was the second overall finisher. Two of Quantum’s top masters skiers, Vicki Voloar and Patti O’Brien, ended their seasons early with knee injuries.

Although some of the masters are getting up there in years, they don’t falter in speed. Some of the group’s downhill times were just over 56 seconds, and the speed gun clocked the racers from 64 to 71 mph on the flats this season.

“Having a 70-year-old guy go 70 mph is quite an accomplishment,” Emery said. “These guys are very competitive.”


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