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Tele championships cancelled; Young injured

SNOWBASIN, Utah – Professional telemark skiers worldwide are surely hanging their heads this weekend, as the 2003 World Freeskiing Telemark Championship scheduled for Snowbasin, Utah, was cancelled.

Local 18-year-old tele skier Taiga Young, however, was hanging her head before that.

Officials from the United States Telemark Ski Association (USTSA), which organizes the freeskiing series, said they were disappointed and cited insurance problems for the sudden cancellation of the event, which was scheduled for this weekend and would have determined the men’s and women’s world freeskiing title.



Young was in good standing to land the women’s title, having won the January competition in Alpine Meadows, Calif., and also the February event in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Then Young blew out her knee while practicing for the slopestyle contest at the Crested Butte competition in early March. She had already taken second in telecross that weekend.



“The slopestyle consisted of three jumps and two rails,” Young said. “I went into the park right after the telecross and tried a 360 off one of the bigger jumps. I landed short on the knuckle and blew out my knee. It’s terrible, but … oh, well.”

Young tore her ACL, MCL and both meniscuses in her right knee. She had surgery last weekend and was advised to stay off her knee for five months.

Although USTSA has not announced how it will go about awarding the freeski titles with the last contest cancelled, Young is still in good standing in the overall series.

“It was a major event, and it was about the 11th hour that it was cancelled,” said former freeskiing tele champion Leslie Ross, who was slated to be in Snowbasin this weekend to teach telemark steeps clinics. “I’m sure it’s a blow for those guys. I don’t know if they’ll do an overall title now. But Taiga should place really high. She won two out of three events.”

Young, while disappointed in her condition and by the cancellation, is only more determined to sweep the series next year, and will train as much as she can in the meantime.

“I’m upset (about the cancellation), and I’m sure USTSA is really upset,” Young said. “As far as the other competitors, I have a couple friends who had already bought round trip tickets. Now there’s no competition. In terms of my positioning, it’s not appropriate to ask what the title is going to be. But, I’m trying to do all I can.

“I just bought a new road bike. I have to wait two months to get on it, and there will be no mountain biking for a while. But, I also got a handicap sticker. So at least I can park at City Market now, and not in the Boondocks.”


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