SSCV Nordic team wins Colorado Cup
It’s been an exciting couple weeks for the Nordic team at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, as its athletes have been preparing for and competing in the Rocky Mountain Junior National Qualifier Series.
That hard work paid off as they clinched the Colorado Cup title, taking first place out of 11 teams more than 1,300 points ahead of second-place Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Fifty-two SSCV Nordic competitors were on hand at the final qualifier event that earned them the Cup.
“I am thrilled for the depth of our team with athletes anywhere from 7 years old to 19 years old getting great results throughout the season to enable Ski & Snowboard Club Vail to capture the coveted Colorado Cup by competing against teams from throughout Colorado,” Dan Weiland, SSCV Nordic program director, said.
“Our SSCV coaches have worked unbelievably hard to help us achieve our goals both on and off snow during the entire season,” Hannah Hardenbergh, SSCV post-graduate Nordic athlete, said. “All they have asked from us in return is to race fast and push ourselves to our limits. I think the Colorado Cup win is a great representation of how hard we are willing to work for our coaches and for the sport. I also think it is our special way of saying thanks for all of the hard work they have put in.”
Nordic Junior Nationals
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Approximately 300 of the top Nordic athletes from across the country in the U16, U18 and U20 age classes will gather in Truckee, California, in the second week of March for Nordic Junior Nationals based on their qualifier points from their region’s Junior Qualifier Series. SSCV will be well-represented with Hardenbergh, Cameron Bobb, Cameron Moore, Anna Martin, Maddie Donovan, Christian Wilson, Nolan Herzog, Lyle Shipp, Emma Blakslee, Gracie Shanley and Madi Schriefer.
“Junior Nationals is a great way for young and upcoming athletes to ski at a higher level and be exposed to different venues and snow conditions, something very beneficial for junior skiers like us,” Hardenbergh said. “It is also a really nice way to connect with other skiers your age from around the U.S. who share the same passion for the sport. It is a really nice gateway experience to the higher level of the sport.”
“My goal for the season was to qualify for and compete in Junior Nationals,” said Shanley, a freshman at Vail Christian. “The support of my team, my family and my coaches really helped me accomplish my goal. I am really lucky to have the people around me along with the support of the Club to get me to where I am, and am really happy to have gotten there.”
Nordic Junior Nationals can serve as a stepping off point for its competitors to U.S. Cross-Country team-sponsored camps, and for U18 competitors, the Scando Cup, a U.S. Cross-Country team cup. It is also a great way for these athletes to showcase themselves to colleges.
SSCV athletes head out March 5 to the Junior Nationals in Truckee, California. The recent performances of U.S. Cross-Country team athletes across the globe in the World Championships have certainly been a source of excitement and inspiration to SSCV’s 91 Nordic athletes, including its 42 Future Stars led by Sylvan Ellefson, SSCV Nordic alumnus, former World Cup competitor and 2014 U.S. Nationals 10K winner.
“I am excited for what is in store for the SSCV Nordic Team in the coming years,” Weiland said. “These young Future Stars athletes are truly the future of the Club. ”