Ski and Snowboard Club Vail sending 23 to JOs in Aspen in March
Vail, CO Colorado
The the J3 Junior Olympics aren’t in Vail this year, but there will be a large contingent of Vail racers, 23 to be precise, at the JOs in Aspen next month.
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s J3 team took Winter Park by storm during the holiday weekend in the Rocky Mountain Division Junior Olympic Qualifiers in two races each of slalom and giant slalom.
On Sunday – there were two different slalom races – Megan McGrew took second and third, Rachael Desrocher had a fifth and an eighth, Katie Talbot placed seventh in both runs, Grace Merriman placed fourth in the afternoon race, and Heidi Livran finished 10th for the morning’s run.
SSCV’s men saw River Radamus take third in the A.M. run, Clayton Kirwood finish fourth and eighth, and Quintin Cook had a 10th and a seventh place finish for the day.
“The team had solid performances for day one of these qualifiers,” said coach Scott Meyers.
In Monday morning’s GS, Desrochers, Talbot, and Merriman cracked into the top-10 placing third, fifth, ninth, respectively, for the women, while Ryan Schmidt took eighth for the men.
In Monday afternoon’s GS, the men had Kirwood and Logan Martin finishing ninth and 10th, respectively.
SSCV’s women finished Monday afternoon’s run with McGrew in third, Talbot fifth, Livran seventh, and Desrochers in ninth.
Based on February’s results in Aspen, and results in Winter Park last weekend, 14 women and nine men from SSCV were named to the Rocky Mountain Division’s J3 Junior Olympic Team.
SSCV women heading to the Junior Olympics: areKelly Belfanz, Skylar Chaney, Derochers, Sasha Horn, Bailey Kuechenmeister, Livran, Ericka McCormick, McGrew, Merriman, Abigail Murer, Leah Newton, Talbot, Camilla Trapness, and Sarah Tyree.
SSCV men going to the Junior Olympics are Kirwood, Cook, Logan Martin, Radamus, Wyatt Itin, Sandy Simonton, Colbey Derwin, Austin Baker, and Schmidt.
“It has been a great effort by the team,” said coach Myers. “The next step is to continue to work hard getting ready for the Junior Olympics in Aspen March 6-12.”
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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.