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Locals dominate Breck downhill

Ryan Slabaugh

It doesn’t mean, however, they don’t make the most of the opportunity to fly when flying is encouraged. Tuesday and Wednesday at Breckenridge, the local ski club dominated two downhill events on the men’s and women’s side in a PowerBar, Bula event run by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Wednesday, club racers took six of the top seven spots in the men’s race and five of the top seven in the women’s race, both of which were affected by strong winds and extremely cold temperatures.

J2 racer Bobby Poehling and senior racer Katie Beardsley won the downhills, with Robert Gosiewski, Andy Banner, Bo Maciejko and Chris Prem rounding out the top five men, while Krissie Poehling, Caitlin Wall and Claudia Bouvier rounded out the top four women.

“I do expect them to do very well,” head men’s ability coach Kevin McDevitt said. “Chris Prem won both training runs. This is a big speed block for us, and they’re doing well. I’m proud of these guys.”

Thursday, it was more of the same. Bobby Poehling repeated as champion, with Muzi Gazioglu and Maciejko completing a podium sweep for the club. Poehling’s sister, Krissie, won the women’s race Thursday, while Beardsley and Wall made it a complete sweep.

“It went well,” Krissie said. “The course was a lot faster than (Wednesday), but not as fast as the training days.”

Her coach, Ethan Beck, was pleased to see his team come home with so much hardware.

“It’s been a great opportunity for the younger ones,” Beck said. “There’s not many venues to be able to race downhill. We were able to train last week (on Golden Peak), which seemed to help everyone a lot.”

Saturday and Sunday, the club raced two super-G events in Breckenridge. Again, the locals dominated. Saturday, Poehling won the men’s race, while J2 racers Nick Kullas finished third. Sunday, Kullas won, while J1 skier Ian Lochhead finished third.

Next up for the club is a trip to Big Mountain, Montana, for a week of super-G and downhill events. Poehling, Prem, Banner, Gosiewski and Wall will all be making the trip.

The rest of t he club is looking forward to upcoming events in Aspen and a home race in Beaver Creek Feb. 1-3.

J3 athletes invited to camp

VAIL – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athletes Hanna Nelson and Erika Ghent were selected by the U.S. Skiing Association to attend a camp for 13-14 year olds in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The duo will stay at the Olympic Training Center and ski on Whiteface Mountain for six days.

Only four girls, six boys and two coaches from the Rocky Mountain Division were selected.

“It’s an opportunity for them to train with and race against all of the top kids in their age group from around the country,” coach Karen Ghent said.

Nelson and Ghent will be coached by former Olympians and U.S. Ski Team members at the camp.

Bidez duo riding well

VAIL – Minturn snowboarders Clair and Dylan Bidez are tearing up the local snowboard circuit, including Grand Prix competitions featuring some of the best riders in the world..

Clair finished 20th in a Breckenridge halfpipe event and 16th in a Park City, Utah halfpipe event, both Grand Prix competitions.

In a Vans Triple Cross of Snowobarding event in December, Clair finished 30th in the halfpipe and won the U.S.A. Snowboarding Association Copper Mountain Series giant slalom open event Jan. 4, and the halfpipe Jan.11. Clair finished third in a slopestyle competition on Jan. 12

Dylan, meanwhile, finished in 36th at the Vans Triple Crown event. At the Copper Mountain series event, the 12-year-old finished second in both of the Jan. 4 giant slalom and slalom events, first in the Jan. 5 giant slalom, third in the Jan. 5 slalom, first in the Jan. 11 halfpipe and also won the Jan. 12 slopestyle.

Clair is now training in Steamboat with the Junior National Team.

Downhill results

Wednesday Women

1. Katie Beardsley 1 minute, 2.98 seconds

2. Krissie Poehling 1:03.39

3. Caitlin Wall 1:04.18

4. Claudia Bouvier

7. Laura Littman

12. Georgia Wettlaufer

13. Erika Ghent

Men

1. Bobby Poehling 1:02.78

2. Robert Gosiewski 1:03.65

3. Andy Banner 1:03.66

4. Bo Maciejko

5. Chris Prem

7. Max Avery

12. Ross Herr

13. Taylor Telling

14. Tyler Kjesbo

Thursday women

1. Krissie Poehling 1:01.55 seconds

2. Katie Beardsley 1:01.66

3. Caitlin Wall 1:02.17

5. Laura Littman

7. Claudia Bouvier

Men

1. Bobby Poehling, 1:01.50

2. Muzi Gazioglu 1:02.32

3. Bo Maciejko 1:02.46

6. Andy Banner

7. Nick Kullas

8. Taylor Telling

9. Robert Gosiewski

Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at rslabaugh@vaildaily.com.