Ski and Snowboard Club Vail golden in Winter Park
WINTER PARK – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail continues to shine at the J4 Rocky/Central Junior Olympics in Winter Park.The discipline for Friday was giant slalom, and the boys and girls skied two runs of GS. Each run was scored separately, and when the contests had finished, SSCV came away winning three of the four races.The boys got started first on this day, and SSCV’s Woody Scruggs, racer No. 18 out of the start, skied to first place in the morning’s run. River Radamus and Jack Keane clocked in with fourth and fifth, respectively, while Austin Baker, a Vail Valley local racing as an independent, placed seventh. Quintin Cook skied his way into the top 15 with a 14th place.For the girls’ first run at the course, Megan McGrew, the winner of Friday’s super-G, notched another first place, while teammate Abigail Murer also stepped on to the podium in third. Camilla Trapness finished 14th in her first GS run.In the second GS run for the girls, McGrew scored her third win in as many races. McGrew’s teammates took five more spots in the top 14 with Heidi Livran in fifth, Sarah Tyree, seventh, Murer, ninth, Trapness in 12th, and Sasha Horn finishing 14th.The boys’ second run saw Aspen’s Tristan lane take first while Keane nabbed second and Baker placed third. Radamus, Scruggs, and Cook finished the second GS run in ninth, 10th, and 12th.”Along with Megan, Abigail Murer, Woody Scruggs, and Jack Keane making it to the podium shows these kids can mix it up,” said coach Karen Ghent. “These young athletes can really push each other knowing that any one of them can make the podium,”The J4 Rocky/Central Junior Olympics continue today with slalom races. Millennium Bank Colorado Junior Ski CupSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The scheduled race for Friday’s Junior Ski Cup Championships was giant slalom, but on this day, Steamboat closed due to high winds; something the ski area has not had to do in more than 20 years. The race organizers then moved the race to Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill and the discipline to slalom, and that seemed to be just fine for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Anne Strong. Strong started 14th for her first run at the gates in the slalom, and skied to a comfortable lead of 0.47 seconds. With the flip 30 for run No. 2, reversing the order of the top 30 after the first run, Strong laid down a second run that put her in first by more than three seconds! “Regardless of the schedule change, and having to adapt to adverse conditions, Anne remained focused and ready to race,” coach Robin Chace said.Anne’s sister, Elizabeth, also had a podium finish with a solid result, second for the J2 women and third overall. Clotilde Pascale, another SSCV teammate, took spot No. 15 and Eva Spaeh placed eighth on her second run to finish 22nd overall. For SSCV’s men, Christoph Niederhauser led the team finishing second for the J2s, fifth overall, and posting the third-fastest second run. Andreas Calabrese took 10th and Zachary Ziolkowski placed fourth for the J2 men and 15th overall.The Millennium Bank Colorado Junior Ski Cup Championships continue today with giant slalom on the schedule.