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Team Summit heads back to Mount Hood

Ryan Slabaugh

SUMMIT COUNTY – Team Summit’s goal for the summer is never to be off snow for more than six weeks.

So, director Rob Worrell and coach Dave Culp headed back to Mount Hood, Ore. Tuesday with eight ability level alpine racers.

Jeremy Elliot, Bobby Paulus, Josh Stien, Evan Barrett, Kirsten Turner, Marty Thorp, Angie Elliot and Sonnie Elliot all joined the Team Summit crew for an eight-day training run.

“The snow’s surprisingly pretty good right now,” Worrell said. “It really cools down in August. We’re going to try to do four days of slalom and four days of GS (giant slalom), but we may end up with a little more slalom.”

The season is set to begin at the end of November. The last session at Mount Hood ended Aug. 1.

“The biggest thing we’re trying to do is increase their skills,” Worrell said. “It’s got to be fairly year round. I don’t know of any elite athletes in any sport that take more than a couple months off a year.”

Freestylers

The Team Summit freestyle squad is also doing a little traveling. Coach John Dowling and crew returned from a three-day camp in Utah last week and will be heading back to Utah to train on Aug. 27.

Riley Campbell, Jenny Waywood, Josh Smith, Steve Muller, Katherin Lynch and Kris Pepe will be joining Dowling.

Also, the team is traveling to Switzerland Oct. 1 with 16 athletes, the largest number of freestylers in the club’s history to travel to Switzerland.

Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at rslabaugh@summitdaily.com.


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