Local ski demo team vying for third win
EAGLE COUNTY – They have been practicing four days a week at 7 a.m. on the slopes of Beaver Creek since mid-January.
Nine of the resort’s ski instructors are getting ready for the 2005 North American Synchronized Skiing Championships on April 7 and 8 in Aspen. The Bachelor Gulch Men’s Demonstration Team is hoping to add another win to it’s back-to-back victories in 2003 and 2004. The team, which is entering their eighth year of competition, is named after the Bachelor Gulch part of the resort because when they were formed, there already was a Beaver Creek team.”It’s precision skiing at very high speed,” said Debbie Scripps, a sponsor of the team who rarely misses their performances. “They count all the way through and they are very close together. If one gets out of sync the whole team goes down.”The contest consists of eight skiers skiing in a synchronized pattern. They are judged on speed, turn shape, dynamics, formation changes and overall synchronicity. Although the team has the funds to participate in the Aspen competition, Scripps said, it needs more money to go to the European Championships in Switzerland in late April.
“In light of their past two wins the team has been invited to compete in Europe,” Scripps said. “They’re fund raising for an additional $15,000 to $20,000 to go to Europe.”The team is captain David Ayers, Adam Hosie, Aaron Greene, AJ Jones, Kirk Neste, Chris Scherpf, Frederick Gustafson, Jason Curnow, Rob Mahan and Nick O’Keefe. The coach is Todd James.The members of the team were selected after tryouts in early January. Teams from around the country as well as Europe will be competing in the Aspen competition.
Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Vail, Colorado