Results from Special Olympics Winter Games and Breck’s Isabelle Hanssen wins North Face Pipe and Park series |

Results from Special Olympics Winter Games and Breck’s Isabelle Hanssen wins North Face Pipe and Park series


On Feb. 28, the Summit County Tigers Special Olympics team participated in the 28th annual Special Olympics Winter Games at Copper Mountain Resort.

The team of six came away with a slew of medals in every discipline, including slalom and giant slalom for ski and snowboard. Along with performance on the snow, team member Caroline Willis and her coach were asked to participate in the torchlight ski parade with the Copper ski school as part of the closing ceremony for the day.

“Our athletes train hard, race hard and have a good time skiing and boarding in regional games and the state games,” head coach Kent B. Willis said. Results for the Summit County Tigers:

Vital LaRocque — second place, ski giant slalom; fourth place, slalom

Kelly Faber — first place, ski slalom and giant slalom

Zeke Moran — first place, snowboard slalom and giant slalom

Charlie Fazenden — first place, ski slalom and giant slalom

Caroline Willis — first place, ski slalom; second place, giant slalom


A seasoned panel of judges and athletes came together Feb. 29 to name winners in the inaugural The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series Virtual Competition (PPOS), a contest where up-and-coming athletes are judged by their best compilation of video clips.

Aside from standing out to the panel of judges because of their style, amplitude and trick variety, many of the winners of the halfpipe discipline share geographic similarities. Broby Leeds of Vail won the men’s open halfpipe division, while fellow Vail-ite Felix Coudouy took home first in the men’s Amateur halfpipe category. Brekenridge local Isabelle Hanssen won the women’s amateur halfpipe division, rounding out a strong collection of Colorado natives on the PPOS podium.

Halfpipe is the first of three disciplines included in the 2016 PPOS Virtual Competition in addition to big air and slopestyle. There is still time for athletes to get involved with the competition by voting for their favorite videos on or entering a slopestyle run by Thursday, March 3 at midnight Pacific time. Winners in all divisions take home $1,500 and plenty of swag.


A collection of U-12 and U-14 skiers with Loveland Ski Club traveled to Ski Cooper from Feb. 26-27 for a weekend of Super-G racing. The weekend began with progressions on Saturday and ended with two races on Sunday. Club highlights include two U-12 wins for Tara Goumas and a fun jump built in the course.

U-12 girls super-G, event one

1. Tara Goumas, Loveland Ski Club — 1:17.05

2. Parker Crawford, Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club — 1:17.05

3. Cate Simpson, Sun Valley Ski Club — 1:18.36

U-12 girls super-G, event two

1. Tara Goumas, Loveland Ski Club — 1:17.84

2. Cate Simpson, Sun Valley Ski Club — 1:19.51

3. Parker Crawford, Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club — 1:19.68


Team Summit Colorado had a successful outing at the Prater Cup, held Feb. 19-21 in Crested Butte.

With 30 skiers in the U-14 age group (12 and 13 years old) attending this event, Team Summit qualified 11 athletes for the U-14 Rocky/Central Championships at Winter Park, hosted March 15-19.

“The Prater Cup is always one of the highlights of the season,” said Greg Needell, the club’s alpine director. “It is really the only time the full Rocky Mountain Division U-14 group is together.”

The competition at Crested Butte included a Super-G race, along with two runs of giant slalom and two runs of slalom for the girls and boys.

Team Summit’s Jack Reich led the charge with a Super-G win on Feb. 19. He went on to take first and second place in the giant slalom races on Feb. 20, as well as second and third place finishes in the slalom races on Feb. 21.

Team Summit’s Helenka Ostraszewski skied to fourth place in the women’s Super-G, a mere 0.56 seconds from first place. She also had top-10 finishes in the giant slalom and slalom.

All U-14 athletes will have a chance to qualify for the U-14 Championships at the Council Cup this weekend at Ski Cooper. — PETER ALEXANDER

Team Summit U-14 Championship qualifiers


Helenka Ostaszewski

Anna Rodli

Natalia Tatge

Camille Thompson

Schuyler Woodland


Jack Reich

Trent Pennington

Philip Berezinski

Phenix Tatge

JP Starkey

Tanner Rosener

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