Cartmill wins one, wants one more |

Cartmill wins one, wants one more

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily Kaytlyn Samuelson makes her way down the pitch during a downhill race in Aspen at the J3 Junior Olympics Tuesday. Samuelson was fourth in the race.

ASPEN – Not all wins are worth the same.Just ask Cooper Cartmill.Cartmill won Tuesday’s downhill at the J3 Junior Olympics for the Rocky Mountain Division and then took second in Wednesday’s super-G.

Although Cartmill won a race at the JO’s, he is still searching for a bid to the Whistler Cup where he’d be able to compete against national and international racers.”I’m hoping to win something else,” Cartmill said.Winners of all races at the regional JO’s except the downhill get a bid to the Whistler Cup – one of the top races for J3’s.Still, Cartmill was pleased with his two-day performance, in which he and Summit’s Luc Henri Chevalier flipped the top two spots.”As long as you are on the podium, you are fine,” Cartmill said.On Tuesday, Cartmill edged out Chevalier by keeping his speed on the flats. Cartmill couldn’t do the same in the super-G but still had a great race.

“Usually either (Luc Henri) wins or I win – it’s pretty tight competition,” Cartmill said.Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s James Britvar had to solid races, taking seventh in the downhill, then sixth in the super-G, while teammate Cannon O’Brien pulled in two top-25.In the familyOn any given racing day, a SSCV skier with the last name Ghent could be on the podium. On Tuesday it was Abby Ghent’s turn to pull in a top finish. Ghent was third in the downhill, and nearly did the trick again Wednesday, taking fourth, 0.09 seconds out of third, in the super-G.The SSCV girls had two solid days of speed racing, with Kaytlyn Samuelson in fourth at the downhill, only .04 seconds behind Ghent. Mary Sackbauer’s eighth-place finish gave the team three in the top 10.

“We talked about challenging yourself the night before, and I think the girls did an awesome job,” said SSCV coach Dan Stripp of Tuesday’s race. “The guys and girls all stepped up and took a chance, and some went out, but that’s all we’re asking for.”Samuelson and Sackbauer had great showings against Wednesday, taking seventh and 11th, respectively.Following today’s giant slalom, the racers will rest for a day and finish up with a slalom.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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