Ski Club Vail’s Samuelson takes another gold |

Ski Club Vail’s Samuelson takes another gold

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Bob Zuch | Special to the Daily

WINTER PARK, Colorado – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Kaytlyn Samuelson took another win in the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup stop at Winter Park on Sunday. After winning the downhill on Friday, Samuelson raced to another gold in the first of two super-G races on Sunday. Also in the mix was Ski Club alumna Erika Ghent, now skiing for the University of Colorado. Ghent took third in the first super-G of the day.

Other SSCV women placing in the first super-G included Paula Moltzan in fifth, Katharine Irwin in sixth, and Elizabeth Strong in seventh.

This first super-G time on Sunday was then added to a slalom run held on Saturday to make a super combined race for the men and women, and in that combined race, Ghent took the win with Moltzan placing second. Irwin claimed fourth for SSCV and Strong took 10th.

“I was really happy with the way our girls skied the super-G leg of the super combined Sunday morning,” coach Dan Stripp said. “All the girls listened well, focused, and skied hard.”

In Sunday’s second super-G, Ghent was second, Moltzan finished third, Samuelson took forth, Anne Strong finished seventh, and Julia Cooper was eighth.

“Moltzan pretty much had the weekend for our girls,” Stripp said. “She did a great job in the super combined, the super-Gs, and in the downhill races held on Thursday and Friday.”

In the men’s first super-G on Sunday, SSCV saw Cannon O’Brien in sixth, Anthony Romano in ninth, Christoph Niederhauser in 10th, and Sean McCormick in 11th.

When the first super-G was added to a slalom run the men had on Saturday for a super combined race, Niederhauser took fourth in the super combined, McCormick finished ninth, and Anthony Romano placed 15th.

“Niederhauser had a solid run in the slalom leg of the super combined on Saturday, and he had another solid run in the super-G leg Sunday on a bumpy course to finish fourth overall in the super combined,” coach Dan Stripp said.

In super-G No. 2 for the men, SSCV’s Cannon O’Brien was sixth, Christoph Niederhauser placed eighth, Colin Hayes placed 10th, Anthony Romano took 11th and Nick Braun finished 14th.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Over 20 ski teams came to the J5 Festival at Sunlight, and Sunday’s slalom races brought out the competitive spirit of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s J5 athletes.

Sunday’s morning slalom had Brianna Trudeau in first, Sylka Snyder in second, Elise Viola in fourth, Samantha Trudeau in eighth, Gretchen Pavelich in ninth, and Kendra Hoyt in 12th.

The girls’ afternoon slalom run saw Trudeau finish second, Hoyt fourth, Trudeau sixth, Pavelich seventh, Viola 10th, Allie Ressnick 11th, and Falyn Pykkonen in 14th.

Max Bervy won the morning slalom for the boys while George Savin took seventh, Kellen Kinsella eighth, Wyatt Palmer 11th, Henry Frandsen 12th, Peter Littman 13th, and Dylan Stueber in 15th.

Gus LeBlanc won the afternoon slalom. Bervy took second, Palmer placed eighth, Tucker Strauch was ninth, and Littman finished 14th.

“The team shined,” coach Rika Moore said. “The SSCV kids have put in a lot of work so far since November, and they have more time to practice before the true test in March, when the best J5 skiers come together for the finale at Powderhorn.”

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado – After the weather forced the postponement of Friday’s training run, and with an abbreviated training run on Saturday, the race organizers at Breckenridge held two Super G races on Sunday, and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s J4 men and women took charge of the field.

For the men’s morning super-G, SSCV not only swept the podium, they also took 10 of the top 15 spots.

The first super-G saw Jack Keane, Brendan Keane and Luke Vickerman take first, second and third, respectively. The SSCV charge continued with Riley Kilgore placing fifth, Erik Weiss sixth, Paul Cuthbertson seventh, Colin Suszynski eighth, Flinn Lazier ninth, Jake Dippy 11th, and Peer Carnes finishing 14th.

For the SSCV J4 women in their morning super-G, Nellie Rose Talbot took the gold while Paula Cooper placed fourth, Hannah Clauss fifth, Whitney Merriman eighth, Katelin Hennum 13th, and Dylan Fiore finishing in 15th.

“As a first-year J4, seeing Talbot win the morning Super G was awesome,” said coach Robin Chace. “She just ripped down the course.”

The men’s afternoon super-G saw SSCV’s J4 men continue their winning form with Brendan Keane, Jack Keane and Suszynski taking first, second and third, respectively. Backing up the podium sweep were Kilgore in fourth, Colby Lange fifth, Cuthbertson eighth, Luke Vickerman 10th, Weiss 11th and Jacob Dilling in 14th.

SSCV’s J4 women had six of the top 12 spots in their afternoon super-G with Hennum in fourth, Talbot in fifth, Merriman, sixth, Haily Norvell ninth, Cooper 10th, and Jessica McMurtry in 12th.

“After the race was postponed on Saturday, the whole team did a great job of getting up there and staying focused,” Chace said. “It is a huge testament to their athletic ability.”

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