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Edwards snowboarder makes snowboardcross U.S. development team

EDWARDS — This season, the U.S. Snowboarding Team will take a page out of alpine skiing's playbook and use a development squad to grow young athletes. In July, local resident Meghan Tierney learned she was the only female named to that team. Tierney, 17, has seen quite a bit of success in snowboardcross as of late — winning the NorAm title last season — so being named to the team wasn't a surprise. Moreover, it was a relief. "It has always been my goal to make the U.S. team, whether it was the B team or now the development team, so I was really happy to learn I was on the development team," she said last week. While she will now have access to the U.S. facilities in Park City, Tierney says she will still spend a good part of the season training with her coaches at the Copper Mountain-based International Snowboard Training Center. International Snowboard Training Center founder Ross Hindman says the advent of the U.S. team's snowboardcross development squad was a great move for the program. "It's definitely a good thing for the athletes that are coming up," Hindman said. "Snowboard cross is a longevity sport. Some of the competitors that have been competing in it have been competing for 12, 15 years. So it doesn't leave a lot of room for newcomers coming up in the world of boarder cross. … We were having a lot of people leave the sport that were very good, but there's no opportunity on the actual team because no one is leaving it, very few people retire and the team can only be so big. … The development group provides a pathway for these young athletes to get recognized and get support." 'BEST UP-AND-COMING' Four people were picked for the development team, with Meghan being the only female. "Obviously, she's seen as the best up and coming female under the age of 20," Hindman said. "Now, a lot of things can happen from where she is now to four years from now, so that part is really going to be up to her, if she can make the transition from being a snowboarder to becoming an athlete. She has a lot of raw talent, and that has brought her a lot of success, but becoming an athlete and dealing with everything that comes along with that, is a little bit more difficult." A LIKENESS TO LINDSEY Anita Jacobellis knows all about raising an athlete out of a snowboarder. Her daughter, Lindsey, is a seven-time X Games champion and widely considered the most talented female rider in the sport of snowboardcross. Anita always said if Meghan keeps on the path she's on she's be competing alongside Lindsey. "Meghan just has this spirit about her that reminds me of Lindsey," Anita Jacobellis said. "She has gumption; she's not intimidated; she likes the speed. To see her sticking with it is wonderful." Anita Jacobellis and Tierney first met at Mt. Hood when Meghan was in sixth grade. Anita became Meghan's tutor and became especially fond of the young snowboarding prodigy. "She was so much fun to work with, she made me laugh every day," Anita Jacobellis said. "She's a great kid, very wise and sophisticated in her thinking. She's also very artistic and a real beauty, so she's got a lot of wonderful, positive things going for her." Anita Jacobellis says Lindsey is planning on sticking with the sport until 2018 at the earliest, keeping consistent with the longevity aspect of the sport of which Hindman speaks. While Anita would like to see Lindsey — who turned 29 on Aug. 19 — make it to 2018 and beyond, she has another hope for her, as well. "I'm hoping that they'll develop team SBX, where one rider starts the race and it trips the gate for someone at the top like a relay," she said. "Maybe Lindsey and Meghan will compete together."

Vail Valley ultradistance champ in it for fun of it all

EAGLE – In the world of women’s running, the inspirations are wide and varied. Role models can range from track phenoms Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Wilma Rudolph to distance marvels Mary Decker Slaney and Ann Trason. Leave it to ultramarathoner Anita Ortiz of Eagle, though, to find the motivation of a champion in a television character named Jan Brady. “I always liked her long hair,” Ortiz, 45, said shortly after winning the Pikes Peak Marathon and setting the women’s record for her age group in her first attempt Sunday. “My mom still laughs at me, but it’s a totally true story. My goal in life was to sprint home from school in time to watch ‘The Brady Bunch’ in fourth grade. Eventually it evolved into ‘Happy Days.’ That’s when television was still good.” Ortiz, now a mother of four, no longer keeps a television in her home. But the foundation laid in that pre-“Nick at Night” era when she had less than 15 minutes in a race to catch the opening credits has allowed her to evolve into one of the strongest and fastest women in the ultradistance world. In addition to a convincing victory by more than 23 minutes at Pikes Peak, Ortiz won the lauded Western States 100 in her first 100-mile race this summer, placed second in the Miwok 100 and will attempt to defend the women’s title in the six-day, 113-mile Gore-Tex Trans-Rockies Run beginning Sunday. A five-year member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and three-time national champion, she earned a bronze medal in world championship competition in 2004 and gold in 2007. For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/extremes/ci_13147827

Town Talk

.. …. .. ….. . ….. Dean’s ListWake Forest University student Meghan Guida has been named to the university’s Dean’s List for fall semester. This is the seventh time Meghan has earned this honor. Meghan was a 2002 graduate from Battle Mountain High School and will graduate from Wake Forest this spring with honors in Political Science. She is the daughter of Jim and Beth Guida. … Dance campHave some fun and support your local dancers! The Eagle Valley High School dance team is hosting a dance camp for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The participants will learn a dance and perform at a varsity basketball game on Feb. 18. For more information, call 328-4844, or e-mail anewman@eagleschools.net. .. ……. …….

Housing developer to host open house Monday in Vail

VAIL — The Harp Group, the developers of the proposed Marriott Residence Inn and an affordable housing project in West Vail will host an informational open house Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail.  The proposed project includes a 170-room Marriott Residence Inn and 113 deed-restricted apartments, as well as 328 below-grade parking spaces located on the former Roost Lodge property in West Vail. It was first submitted to the town of Vail on Aug. 15 and is currently under review by the town's Planning and Environmental Commission.  "We want to give community members and our neighbors in West Vail an opportunity to meet the development and design teams and ask questions about the project outside of the more formal town meetings," said Peter Dumon, founder and president of The Harp Group, a real estate and hospitality investment corporation headquartered in suburban Chicago. "It's an important project for Vail and all of Eagle County and we want to make sure people fully understand it. We've personally invited our immediate neighbors to the open house via email, but anyone with an interest in the project is welcome to stop by." The town of Vail has adopted a housing plan to purchase 1,000 deed restrictions on homes and apartments in the next decade. "With our proposed 113 apartments, Vail will be more than 10 percent on its way to its goal of 1,000 deed-restricted units within town limits by 2027," Dumon said.

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Vail Town Council gives initial OK to Marriott proposal in West Vail

VAIL — The Vail Town Council has given preliminary approval to a proposal for a Marriott Residence Inn in West Vail that would include apartments, hotel rooms, and underground parking. They approved the special development district ordinance by a vote of 5-2, with Kevin Foley and Jen Mason against, on first reading. Second reading is scheduled for Feb. 21. The development proposal under review for the Marriott Residence Inn includes an extended-stay hotel with 170 limited service lodge rooms, fitness facilities including swimming pool and hot tubs, a breakfast dining area and similar lodge amenities. As a public benefit, the project also includes an apartment component including 113 one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging in size from approximately 600 square feet to 1,200 square feet. Of the 113 rental apartments, 107 would be deed restricted. Also included in the proposal is a two-level underground parking structure containing 360 parking spaces. (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js”;ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘scrbbl-js’));

Anthony Guida: Battle Mountain High School

Nickname: Guido Age: 15 Class of: 2005 Family: Jim Guida, Beth, Meghan, Hannah, Charlie What’s your academic goal this year? To achieve 4.0. What’s the best thing about your sport? It’s fast. What’s something that you personally do to help your team achieve a team goal? Be a leader. What do you eat before performing? Fruit and water. Who’s your rival? Eagle Valley. Who’s your role model? Kobe Bryant. Carbs or protein? Protein.

High in the sky

Imagine, Anita Thompson poses, if in some cruel world, you opened a book and the pages inside turned blank because the man who had written them had died and taken his words with him. For Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s widow, the words that her husband left behind begift a powerful legacy. If ever you are feeling sad or confused, just open up anything Hunter S. Thompson wrote, and Anita promises, “It will make you feel better.”We’re lucky we do not live in that cruel world, and lucky is the first word that comes to her mind when she starts talking about him – “lucky,” she said, to have known and loved a man like Hunter.When 25-year-old Anita Bejmuk mentioned she wanted to learn about football, a close friend knew just the person to teach her. Anita had heard of Hunter, the infamous outlaw journalist who had created his own genre of writing. She had read an article he wrote for Rolling Stone magazine about President Bill Clinton. Before long, Hunter deemed Anita his protege. “Even though I never fancied myself a writer,” she recalls. The truth was, they had a spark, a flicker of recognition between souls. The two began courting by 2000. One night, Anita recalls, at 2 a.m., Hunter decided he wanted to go swimming. He had a lease on the neighbor’s pool from midnight to 5 a.m. A blizzard outside had left four feet of snow on the ground, and the storm was still in full force. Off they went into the white night wearing only snow boots and bathrobes, and after they had a swim, Hunter wanted to take a drive. They got in their green Jeep Cherokee and drove over the mesa and up the hill where the car squatted and stopped. They tried to shovel. It was hopeless. Hunter’s back was hurting badly at the time, and Anita had no choice but to walk to the neighbor’s house for help. Hunter gave her his bathrobe and off she went, once again through the snow, this time with two bathrobes on. Hunter waited in the car wearing only his snow boots. They finally got back to the house at 6 a.m. and feasted on omelettes and tequila. Afterward, Hunter wrote a short story titled “The Polish Girl,” about a woman who went walking through the woods with two bathrobes on, finding herself in all sorts of adventures. Anita was Polish. Together, they had endless compassion for one another and endless fun. “Anytime we left the house, it was a great adventure. We had a checklist of things we needed to go out of the house, even if we were only leaving for 30 minutes,” Anita said as she retrieved the list from the refrigerator.The list: cigarettes and filters; wallet; hat; sunglasses; silk handkerchief; Gatorade; snacks – cookies and chips; Chivis, water and ice; all the newspapers – USA Today, New York Times, the Denver Post and then all the dailies; a packed pipe and a smile.When Hunter suffered from writers’ block, she felt an unexpected responsibility to Hunter and the world to “keep him writing.”When Hunter’s typewriter would suddenly break, “because he always had every excuse of why he couldn’t write,” Anita would have three more in the closet, set and ready to go.On Feb. 21, 2005, Hunter was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When she misses him, she types him a letter on one of his typewriters. Her responsibility to keep him writing morphed into a responsibility for the widow to keep the Gonzo spirit alive. Hunter left clear instructions upon his passing. He wanted a 150-foot obelisk built in his backyard with his trademarked two-thumbed Gonzo fist clutching a peyote button on top from which his ashes would be shot five hundred feet in the air and explode over his beloved Owl Farm in Aspen’s Woody Creek. Filmmaker Wayne Ewing, Hunter’s longtime friend and neighbor, approached Anita requesting to document the making of the Gonzo Monument. A few years back, Ewing made a film compiled of 20 years of footage of his dear friend called “Breakfast With Hunter,” that debuted at the Vail Film Festival. Anita happily agreed.”Hunter was undoubtedly charismatic,” Ewing said. “He affected anyone who came in contact with him, even if they hated him. What Hunter was in an nutshell was a phrase he used to quote: “Perhaps every culture needs an outlaw God of some kind,” and this time around, Hunter was it, a very insightful commentator and cultural critic of American society.”During the course of the film, Ewing follows the design and construction of the colossal tower to the trials and tribulations of the elaborate production to the final pyrotechnics sending his ashes into the air. “The beauty of the monument was that it filled a huge whole in our lives,” Anita said. “Hunter didn’t do it for himself, he did it for us a huge project to ease some of the pain of the loss. It was time-consuming and fun, and it was important. We were working as a team, and that’s what you need to do when you’re healing. Being there that night on Aug. 20, everyone realized that night that is was for us. He could be larger than life and also at times, difficult, and I think it shows in Wayne’s film. The monument took on a lot of characteristics that Hunter had.”What’s also clear from the film is Anita’s immense dedication to the man who was himself “lucky” to have this woman forever by his side. Gonzo spiritWhat: “When I Die,” a one-hour documentary film by Wayne Ewing, chronicles the making of the Gonzo Monument to Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and the blasting of his ashes into the heavens. The infamous oultaw journalist who created his own genre – “Gonzo journalism” – described his funeral plans very specifically in a clip from a 1978 BBC documentary, which opens “When I Die.” When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday followed by Q&A session with Anita Thompson and filmmaker Wayne Ewing; 4:30 p.m. Sunday Where: The Lodge at VailFor more information about the film, visit http://www.breakfastwithhunter.com. For more information about Hunter S. Thompson, visit http://www.gonzostore.com.For more information about the Vail Film Festival schedule, visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.org.Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14641, or laball@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Carver Corp wins at Ski Cooper

SKI COOPER ” On Sunday, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s s Carver Corp team competed in two Stubby Gate Slalom races at Ski Cooper, and the squad walked away with the team trophy. Stubby Slalom gates are shorter poles placed in the snow that the racers ski around. “There were a lot of breakthrough results for our athletes,” coach Ray Jay Benoit staid. “Many scored top ten results for the first time.” Morning race J7 girls 1 Samantha Trudeau J7 Boys 5 Alexander Viola 6 Aaron Cook J6 girls 1 Brianna Trudeau 2 Olivia Clauss 3 Elizabeth Clauss 4 Austin Obourn 5 Katie Collins 10 Elise Viola J6 boys 1 Gus LeBlanc 2 Max Bervy 9 Jake Vickerman J5 girls 7 Jessica McMurtry 10 Lizzie Todd J5 boys 1 Luke Vickerman 3 Colin Suszynski 9 Nathan Cook 10 Chad Mulligan J4 girls 1 Meghan Mulligan 4 Hannah Patterson 5 Lauren Viola 6 Annie Todd 8 Sienna Bjornerud 10 Brooke Strehler Afternoon race J7 girls 1 Samantha Trudeau J7 boys 5 Aaron Cook 8 Alexander Viola J6 girls 1 Brianna Trudeau 5 Elise Viola 6 Katie Collins 8 Elizabeth Clauss 9 Olivia Clauss J6 boys 2 Gus LeBlanc 3 Max Bervy 4 Peter Littman 10 Jake Vickerman J5 girls 5 Jessica McMurtry 9 Lizzie Todd J5 boys 2 Chad Mulligan 3 Luke Vickerman 4 Nathan Cook 9 Colin Suszynski J4 girls 1 Meghan Mulligan 3 Hannah Patterson 5 Lauren Viola 7 Annie Todd 8 Brooke Strehler 10 Siena Bjornerud The Youth Ski League Championships are in Vail Sunday. These event will see 250 skiers from Winter Park, Eldora, Loveland, Quantum Sports/Breckenridge, Team Summit, Cloud City Ski Team/Ski Cooper, and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.