SSCV alpiners tear it up during tour stop at the Beav’
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes completed their best race series of the season this last week as Beaver Creek and SSCV played host to the region’s top 15-and-older alpiners in the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series.The RMTS stop at The Beav’ kicked off January 27th, with men’s and women’s GS races on Tuesday and Wednesday and wrapped up last Saturday after downhill races on both Friday and Saturday.The men’s and women’s programs from SSCV had a lot to celebrate. During the first day of Super G Ian Lochhead from SSCV won the race by nearly a second for his first career victory.”Ian has been making incredible improvements. He has been skiing fast during training all season and it was just a matter of time before he did it when it counted” said Ben Webster, Lead Men’s coach at SSCV.It appeared that Lochhead’s fast skiing was contagious for the SSCV men as they stacked the top fifteen. Muzi Gaziolugu placed fourth and was the top Junior 2 (15 and 16 year olds). Taylor Telling was seventh, Chris Prem was ninth and Ross Herr was 15th.The first women’s GS produced equal successes for SSCV. The race was won by SSCV’s Katie Beardsley and second place went to Julia Littman, the top Junior and SSCV’s top slalom skier. Other athletes from SSCV that skied their way into the top page of results were Laura Littman in sixth place and Erika Ghent in 14th place. Georgia Wettlaffer just missed the first page finishing in 17th.The second day of competition saw Lochhead on top of the podium once again. He was closely followed by Gaziolugu in fourth – again the top Junior 2.Chris Prem placed fifth, Nick Kullas finished sixth, Robert Gosiewski was12th and Max Avery was 18th.The women’s race was won by Kristen Poehling from SSCV and Julia Littman was third. Laura Littman was the premier Junior 2 in sixth place.”The super G’s could not have gone much better for our group,” said Ethan Beck, Head Ability Coach at SSCV. “Ian proved that he is one of the region’s top skiers. This acted as a catalyst for the entire team. The younger guys like Gaziolugu, Kullas and Telling made huge moves toward the front of the pack. It was fun to watch, Kristen, Katie and Julia battle for the top spots. It was also nice to see Laura, Erika and Georgia (Wettlauffer) and Nikki (Mathews) move up through the field.”During the two days of downhill races the SSCV athletes continued to build momentum. Ian Lochhead was the top Vail athlete finishing second both days. Prem, Gaziolugu, Avery, Herr, Goseiwski, and Telling all had top 20 results.In the women’s races, Poehling was the top SSCV athlete in both, winning the first day and finishing second the second day. Beardsley took silver during the first race and Julia Littman just missed the podium in fourth in the first downhill race. Laura Littman finished in the top ten both days and Jenny Gilman, Ghent and Wettlauffer all had top 20 results.