Team Summit and Quantum skiers cut start numbers, move up |

Team Summit and Quantum skiers cut start numbers, move up

SUMMIT COUNTY – Young skiers in Summit County have been trying their skills against the best skiers in the world.

While the podium isn’t at arm’s reach for alpine skiers from Quantum Sports Club and Team Summit, a handful of athletes are nearly cutting their bib numbers in half.

Tucker Burton, a 16-year-old skier for Team Summit took 29th last weekend at the Nor Am slalom race in Winter Park.

“She was the fastest girl in the Rocky Mountain Division,” said Rob Worrell, alpine director for Team Summit. “Chelsea Marshall – who is Tucker’s age and a big rival – took 23rd. She’s on the U.S. Ski Team. “(Burton) was pretty much the top girl there who wasn’t on a national team. She scored two Nor Am points. That will really help her in her goals for making the U.S. Team.”

Quantum’s Amy Beresford and Chelsea Lynch, both 18, are also working their way up the ranks. Beresford was 31st in the Nor Am at Winter Park and seventh in the later FIS race, beating Burton, who took ninth. Lynch took 25th, and Team Summit’s Shelly Miller finished 41st after starting 55th.

Quantum and Team Summit boys also fared well.

Kyle Davis, who turned 18 today, is a former member of Team Summit. He took 32nd two weeks ago at the Nor Am Cup slalom race at Loveland, starting after the World Cup field.

Team Summit’s Bobby Paulus, 15, competed in his first FIS race last weekend, and although he was No. 116 to start the race, he finished 45th.

“Nobody else came close to biboing that high,” Worrell said. “Kids his age who won the JOs (Junior Olympics), weren’t even two seconds close to him. The guy who won the JOs four years ago was four seconds behind him.”

Also, Josh Stern went from 117th at the start to 60th, Evan Barrett went from 99th to 61st at the finish, Tim Boulay dropped from 115th to 67th, and Beresford’s brother, Gary, took 73rd after starting at 100 for Quantum.

Team Summit skiers will benefit from the 22nd annual Ski Ball Saturday at the Keystone Conference Center. Tickets are $90 through today and go up to $100 Wednesday. For tickets or more information, call Team Summit at (970) 968-2318, ext. 40010.

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