Ski and Snowboard Club Vail J2 men shine at Steamboat
Vail, CO Colorado
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail placed five women into the top 15 spots and took the first four spots for the J2 men in Saturday’s Smartwool giant slalom race at Steamboat.
On this day, the University of Colorado came to race, and the top-five places belonged to CU. Skiing for SSCV and the University of Colorado, Erika Ghent took third overall, only 0.30 seconds behind the first-place time of her teammate, Katie Hartman.
Also making it onto the first page of results were Kendall VanHee, first for the J3 women, sixth overall, Caroline Byrne, second for the J3s, seventh overall, Olivia Swift, fourth for the J3s, 11th overall, and Molly McGrew, fifth for the J3s and 13th overall. Katie Talbot also made it into to the top 20 with a 19th place.
The SSCV men at the Smartwool GS had Anthony Romano, Thomas Grant, Nick Braun, and Greycody Johns going 1-2-3-4 in the J2 category. Nicholas Romano placed third for the J3 men, 16th overall, and Clayton Kirwood placed seventh for the J3s and moved up 40 spots to finish 22nd overall.
“It was a very good day for our J3 skiers,” said coach Scott Meyers. “They are skiing well, they have the confidence to ski fast, they are putting together skills we have been working on, and they are starting to take chances.”
BRECKENRIDGE – On Saturday, the SSCV Freestyle Team took to one of the most challenging mogul runs in the country, and the steepest mogul arena on the RMD tour: Breckenridge’s Mach 1.
The top air landing on Mach 1 (the landing after the first jump on the course) is 33 degrees.
SSCV’s Kristi Waring took second place for her runs down the track in Saturday’s competition while Erin Coyne placed sixth, and Mikhaela Redovian took ninth.
The SSCV men had Andre Lane in 10th and Hunter Bailey in third for the J3 men, his first top -three finish in the J3 category.
“It’s a challenge to be able to be determined and aggressive while keeping your cool at the same time,” said coach Kelsey Teran about the steepness of the landing after the first jump. “You need to stay cool, be aggressive, and remain determined to be successful on this hill, and our athletes were able to embody that balance. I was really proud of them.”
The Smartwool Ski Cup at Steamboat and the RMD Mogul Competition at Breckenridge continue today.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.