Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Irwin golden in J2 nationals super-G
SUGARLOAF, Maine – Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Katharine Irwin smoked the field at Wednesday’s J2 national super-G, and captured her second win at these championships in as many days.”After watching the first few women run the course, we altered our inspection plan and talked to our women about the change,” said coach Nick Asoian. “Katharine, running eighth, absolutely nailed the tactical change and executed perfectly.”Irwin certainly did execute well – she eclipsed second-place finisher Jordan Schweitzer, of the Mount Bachelor Sports Ed Foundation, by 1.36 seconds.SSCV’s Celine Guilmineau and Julia Cooper took 15th and 18th, respectively.”Guilmineau and Cooper skied solidly,” said Asoian.For SSCV’s men, Anthony Romano finished 33rd, Colin Hayes, 34th, Nick Sataniello, 37th, and Alex Leever placed 47th.”Our men skied well considering there has been very little opportunity to train over the last few days because of the weather,” said Asoian. “They placed well despite the circumstances, and I’m pleased with how they came in off the bench to race a 90-second super-G race.”The J2 nationals continue today with a downhill race for the men and women at Sugarloaf. Leonard takes first in the Junior nationals halfpipeSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – In the USSA Freestyle Junior Nationals at Steamboat on Wednesday, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s John Leonard skied to the gold in the halfpipe competition.”Leonard won the competition with his second run,” said coach Elana Chase. “He landed well on everything, grabbed all his tricks, and rode away with confidence.”SSCV’s Adam Crook shared the podium with Leonard placing third, while Chloe Lee took second for the women. “Crook went really big on his run, and Lee had some of her best skiing of the season with really high amplitude,” said Chase. Also at Wednesday’s competition were Kendall Deighan and Broby Leeds. Deighan finished first in her age group, and Leeds took second for his age class.”Leeds had a great second run to earn silver for the 15 and 16 year old men,” said Chase. “And Kendall skied great coming back from an injury that kept her out of competition for over a year.”The USSA Freestyle Nationals continue today with the slopestyle competitionMcGrew skis to silver JOsASPEN – The Rocky/Central J3 Junior Olympics in Aspen took to the hill on Wednesday for a super-g race, and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Megan McGrew skied to second place, a mere three-hundredths of a second away from the winner, Steamboat’s Chandler Sedberry.”McGrew charged the hill,” said coach Melissa Jones. “It was a bluebird day with great visibility, so the kids were able to attack.”SSCV women also occupied four other spots in the top 15 with Grace Merriman in eighth, Abigail Murer ninth, Lean Newton 14th, and Rachael Desrochers finishing15th. Other SSCV notables include Katie Talbot in 19th, Erika McCormick, 21st, Kelly Balfanz, 23rd, Bailey Kuechenmeister, 24th, and Sahsa Horn in 28th. In the men’s super-G, River Radamus skied to an eighth, Logan Martin moved up from his start of 33 to finish 13th, Quintin Cook took 19th, Clayton Kirwood 20th, and Ryan Schmidt placed 28th.”Radamus skiing to an eighth was awesome for him, and for Martin to move up to a 13th finish was very good,” said coach Jones.The Rocky/Central J3 Junior Olympics continues today with a GS race for the men.SSCV arrives in JapanAfter a 24-hour journey from Vail to Naeba Resort in Niigata, Japan, the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail team arrived at the Naeba Prince Hotel.Five ski racers from Colorado are on a journey to compete against other nations and to see some new countryside and learn a new language. They’re overseas as guests of the Organizing Committee of the 12th Annual Japan Cup with more than 400 kids competing for Japanese youth skiing supremacy. The reward is a trip to the Whistler Cup/The SSCV J3 racers are Delaney Patterson, Genevieve Soden, Quin Davis, Vitor Guilmineau and Zeke Pierce is a formidable machine. They plan to make a trip or two to the podium and learn as much as they can to see what has made Japan such great slalom-racing nation during the last 30 years. They’ll also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of skiing in Japan (thanks to Austria) as well as learn a few words or more.They left Denver Tuesday morning and made our way to Narita Airport outside of Tokyo with a short stop in Seattle to change planes. Upon arriving in the Land of the Rising Sun, they were greeted by a guide and swept off to the mountains almost four hours away. Exchanging money, seeing Tokyo rush-hour, the birth of the new tower in the city called the “Tokyo Tree” (over 600 metres), stopping for udon, the kids are seeing the joys and pitfalls of knowing a new land and living the adventure. When they arrived at Naeba at about 10 p.m. after almost 24 hours of travel, it was time to load up lockers, find their way to the rooms and get some sleep.It looks like about a foot of powder to tour the mountain on this morning and lots of accumulation from the season. This afternoon, the team is going to train some gates and then ll be totally in the swing of things with a full meal cycle as well as time change adjustment.
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