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Team Summit goes international

ANDY FRAMEsummit daily news

COPPER MOUNTAIN – When someone chooses skiing or snowboarding as a career, they choose a life of traveling. Team Summit recently had four young members get a feel for the touring lifestyle as downhill skier Mary Rachel Hostetter and snowboarders Jake Black, Dylan Bidez and Nichole Mason traveled to Topolino, Italy, for international competitions put on by Disney.The 14-year-old Hostetter raced against 87 girls from all over the world in slalom and giant slalom races Feb. 18-19. She finished 13th in slalom and 35th in giant slalom. This was the third consecutive year a Team Summit skier raced in Topolino.The next week Mason, 15, Black, 16 and Bidez, 14, traveled to Topolino as part of the U.S. snowboarding team that competed against 24 other countries in boardercross and halfpipe events. The team returned Sunday night with the Trofeo Topolino world championship trophy.The Team Summit trio had a large hand in their country’s success. Bidez won the kids division (14 and under) halfpipe competition after landing a McTwist and a 720 with what Team Summit coach Jim Smith called “great amplitude.”Black finished second overall in the boys youth division (15-16) boardercross event, while taking fourth in the youth halfpipe. Mason barely missed the final round of the girls youth boardercross race, but made up for it by winning the consolation round and placing fifth overall.Smith was excited to be along for the ride as the Team Summit riders were able to succeed on an international level.”This is another step toward the World Cup or Olympic team if that’s what they want to do,” Smith said. “I hope this is a great motivator for the up-and-coming kids on the team.” Sean Ramsden, the Team Summit coach who accompanied Hostetter, was also pleased with the Topolino trip. “You worry about a kid going to a big competition and seeing how serious it is and getting turned off by it, but (Hostetter) did great, and really enjoyed herself. She’s definitely got a better idea of what it’s like on an international level.” Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at aframe@summitdaily.com.


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