Ski & Snowboard Club Vail looks strong at Junior Olympic qualifier |

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail looks strong at Junior Olympic qualifier

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colo. – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail claimed second, third, eighth and 10th places for the women and third, sixth and ninth for the men at Aspen’s Wilder Dwight Memorial J3 Junior Olympic Qualifier super G race on Sunday.Just 0.21 seconds away from the top spot, claimed by Aspen’s Danielle Brownell-Patty, SSCV’s Kendall VanHee skied to silver in Sunday’s super G, while teammate Caroline Byrne skied the track to a third. In the mix with the top-10 times were Olivia Swift, finishing eighth, and Erika McCormick, who clocked in at 10th.”This was the first of six qualifying runs for the Junior Olympics, and the kids skied well with a little pressure on them to make it to the JOs in March,” coach J.J. Jensen said. “This is a hard, slick surface left over from the women’s World Cup race held here in December, and Caroline Byrne skied the course with confidence to pull into a third-place finish.”SSCV’s men started at 10:45 a.m., and Nicholas Romano posted the third-fastest time with his run. Alex Leever, in sixth, and Clayton Kirwood, in ninth, also made the move into the top-10 runs of the day. “In super G, the skier with the fewest mistakes often has the fastest run,” Jensen said. “And today, Romano stepped up, put it down the hill and had an awesome run. Clay Kirwood, a first-year J3, came out and stuck with the older, bigger J3s, ripped it down the hill and executed the game plan.”The second super G of these Junior Olympic Qualifiers takes place today at Aspen.

The men tripped the start wand in Saturday’s Millennium Bank slalom in Crested Butte with SSCV’s Christoph Nederhauser placing third for the J2 men and sixth overall. Andreas Calabrese placed 19th, Nick Braun made his move up from a start of 66 to finish in 21st and Grecody Johns worked his way through the field 44 spots to land in 27th. SSCV’s women took their turn down the slalom track at 11 a.m., and Taylor Rapley took her second gold in as many days, stopping the clock with the fastest overall time for the women. On Rapley’s heels was teammate Celine Guilmineau. Gilmineau took first for the J2 women and second overall.”When Celine puts two runs together, she’s at the top of the field,” coach Robin Chace said.Second for the J2 women and fourth overall was Katherine Irwin. Eva Spaeh took spot No. 7 for the J2s and 13th overall.

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