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SSCV hosts Smartwool series

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At the Dec. 13 Smartwool race, U16 podium finishers were, from left, Cornelius Cooper in second, Colby Lange, of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, in first, and Louis Nguyen in third..
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Race results

Top five finishers for Dec. 13’s giant slalom races were:

Male

1. Colby Lange, SSCV

2. Max Marno, DU

3. Cooper Cornelius, AVSC

4. Louis Nguyen, BKH

5. Matthew Macaluso, SSCV

Female

1. Devin Delaney, DU

2. Jennie Symons, NTG

3. Dylan Fiore, SSCV

4. Kaitlyn Vesterstein, NTG

5. Michaela Strizencova, SSCV

Top five finishers for Dec. 14’s giant slalom races were:

Male

1. Colby Lange, SSCV

2. Ben Kooiman, SSCV

3. Matthew Macaluso, SSCV

4. Riley Kilgore, SSCV

5. Sam Frackowiak, SSWSC

Female

1. Alix Wilkinson, NTG

2. Jennie Symons, NTG

3. Dylan Fiore, SSCV

4. Michaela Strizencova and Kaitlyn Vesterstein, NTG

Complete race results can be found at www.live-timing.com.

VAIL — To kick off the 2014-15 alpine racing season in Vail, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail hosted the first two races of the Smartwool Ski Cup USSA Open Series ON Dec. 13 and 14. This 16-race alpine series includes slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill events, and it culminates with the Smartwool Championships in late March. The series is open to U16 alpine racers with select races open to U14 alpine racers.

Men’s and women’s giant slalom events were held at Vail’s Golden Peak race arena. Over 160 racers, including those representing clubs from Steamboat, Summit, Aspen, Winter Park, Loveland and Vail as well as visitors from the Northern, Eastern and Central division and collegiate racers, all seeking to improve their points in the first USSA open series points race of the season in Vail, joined in on a great weekend of competition. Smartwool, a Steamboat-based apparel manufacturer, has been sponsoring this USSA Open Race Series since 2003.

‘EXCITING WEEKEND’

This weekend’s races were the first to be hosted by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail this season.

“It was a particularly exciting weekend for these young athletes, racing on the same course that the 2015 Alpine FIS World Championship men’s GS qualifiers will take place on,” said P.J. Jenick, chief of race. “With a change in USSA rules, this was the first time U16 athletes have run a course of this length.”

For many of these young racers it was their first USSA points race, starting with the maximum number of points.

“The field skied well, including those starting at 990,” Jenick said. “We are so fortunate to be able to rely on the Vail grooming department which, once again, did a great job in providing us with a terrific surface condition, and the Vail Resorts Race Crew which maintained the course to the best of conditions. I am also grateful for the staff at SSCV and the many parent volunteers who came out to make sure that these race days went smoothly for all.”

Sunday proved to be a more challenging day than Saturday with the arrival of wet, heavy snow and intermittent visibility issues, but thanks to the Vail Race Department, the jury along with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and visiting coaches, athletes and volunteers, the race arena was kept up throughout the day.

For more information about Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, visit http://www.skiclubvail.org, call 970-790-5161 or email sschmidt@ skiclubvail.org.