The U14s had a very busy and successful week at Sunday River for the Eastern Championships. Beginning the series was Skills Quest, and the kids got to show off their one ski skills. Musashi got 1st place in skills, which allows him to pick a development camp for next season. Unfortunately, during Musashi’s SG run on Friday he fell and sustained a fairly significant cut to his thigh, which resulted in many stitches and the end to his season. He was incredibly brave and made it back for the banquet Saturday night, and we know he’s going to heal quickly and be even faster next season!
This past weekend 25 U14s traveled to Burke for three days for the VT State Championships. With some seriously tough courses and weather(-30 wind chill!) everyone did a great job, and met many seasonal goals. 16 (8 boys, 8 girls) athletes qualified to compete at Sunday River in two weeks for the Eastern Championships. SMS had 23 top 10 finishes and 8 podiums for the weekend. A special shout out to all the parents, we loved having you all there, and thank you so much for helping feed all of us!!!
This weekend has been busy for the U14s! Saturday was the last regular season race, and despite some tough weather, the team put in an excellent effort. Today a group of 5 went to Bromley for the Vermont Shoot-out for that extra opportunity to make states. All the athletes put in their best team effort, and Skye Anker and Arden Bacon will be going to states at Burke Mountain next week! Now everyone is ready for a week of training to get ready to go up north!
Last week the U19 men and women headed south for a training day followed by 2 FIS SL’s held at the National Winter Activity Center in Vernon New Jersey. The NWAC is a private mountain helping to expose the youth in urban areas to winter sports such as skiing. They have expanded and developed the ski area making it ideal for ski racing. The hill was recently cut where the race crew set all four runs of SL at once with plenty of space left on the hill to free ski. The training was great and the snow surface was perfect for racing conditions. The men and women took advantage of the conditions and many of the athletes scored FIS points. Congratulation to Elise Bouchard and Kay Holscher for making it on the podium!
Here is a quick update that USSA Development Director Chip Knight sent out about the training leading up to 7 Nations Cup races in Germany this week:
Day 3 dawned with thick fog in the valley but it quickly burned it off for a bluebird day on the hill! We trained another day of GS on the same trail at Jenner, setting two courses to create different environments and continue to work on inspection and terrain skills. We also brought out the timer for additional feedback. There was a lot of razzing about whether the girls could beat the boys, and a little bit too much bragging about just winning the upper split – but all in good fun. Afterward, the girls skied all the way down to town, and everyone enjoyed the Women’s World Championship Alpine Combined back in the hotel lobby.
Tomorrow we will train SL and take part in a local German race to get the competitive juices flowing before the 7 Nations races next week. It will be our last day skiing here in Berchtesgaden before we move over to Hinterreit on Sunday.
Sounds like they have lucked out with some good weather and training. What a great experience! Good luck in the races Alex!
The Women’s team spent the past two days at Sugarbush racing GS. The team found the fall line and many girls scored their personal best point races. Nina Reichhelm found the podium with Marika Cakala in the top five and Mikayla Lathrop in the top ten. Danie Edwards cut her bib in more than half and skied from 60’s to a top 20 performance. The Women’s squad will be racing SL this weekend. The group will split up with one group heading to Proctor and the other Owls Head, Quebec. Good luck ladies get the momentum going.