Vail Daily column: Skiers finish out competitive season
Watching Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes finish off the competition season with the same consistent display of character, courage and commitment they brought into the season is very rewarding. These core values of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail are personified in many ways by our athletes, both on and off snow.
March C3 Award Winners
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s March C3 athlete winner is Colbey Derwin, an alpine ski racer in his sixth and final year at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Battling injuries and illness during his first year and a half as a FIS competitor (birth years 1999 and older) was tough, but Colbey refused to show it. He made a deliberate choice to stay positive and focused on his recovery, despite missing nine months of on-snow time and facing several months of fighting illness after getting back on snow. Colbey saw this not as a setback but as an opportunity for personal growth. Through hard work, focus and relentless determination in the gym, on snow and in the classroom, Colbey is having a successful season and is maintaining a strong GPA.
Congratulations also go out to Samantha Lathram, Cameron Wolfe and Zane Worrell for the honor of being nominated in March for the C3 Athlete Award.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle head mogul coach Riley Campbell is the March C3 Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Staff Award winner. Riley makes skiing fun without making it too intense for his athletes. His coaching delivery is easy to understand. He takes time to make sure athletes are staying healthy and works to create a team environment. He coached the female winner of the Overall NorAm Tour and the male runner up. Over four NorAms he had 17 podiums for five athletes. No other team in the U.S. came close to matching these results.
Over 100 of the top 2000, 2001 and 2002 birth year alpine racers in the country qualified to compete in U16 Nationals last week, which included slalom, giant slalom and super-G races in Snowbird, Utah. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes excelled, taking 11 top-three podium finishes in their respective year of birth and 18 top-10 finishes across all ages in these races.
Men’s Top Three
Slalom: 2001, third, Kellen Kinsella
Giant slalom: 2000, third, Max Bervy and 2001, third, Kellen Kinsella
Super-G: 2001, first, Zane Worrell
Women’s top three
Slalom: 2001, second, Cleo Braun and 2002, second, Nicola Rountree-Williams
Giant slalom: 2001, second, Cleo Braun and third, Allie Resnick. 2002, third, Nicola Rountree-Williams
Super-G: 2001, second, Caroline Jones and third Ainsley Proffit
Outstanding overall performances across all three races across all three age groups for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes included Braun (2001) taking second place overall (along with second place for the 2001s) for the girls and Burke Fancher (2000) taking third place overall for the boys. For the 2001 age group across all races, Proffit took third overall for the girls and Kinsella took third overall for the boys.
The event also included a SkillsQuest competition testing each athlete’s ability to demonstrate skills outlined by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association as necessary for athletes of this age to take their sport to the next level. Braun (2001) took first and Taylor Brandt (2000) took third overall across all age groups for the girls and Gus Leblanc (2000) took first and Bervy (2000) took third overall across all age groups for the boys.
Hard work and determination
Jane Geisman personifies the balance needed between athletics and academics and the grit and determination required to be the best one can be. A 10th grader at Vail Mountain School, Jane joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as a part-time alpine Youth Ski League athlete. As her passion for the sport grew she transitioned to a full-time alpine program. With no ski racing background in her early days, she has had to work harder than many of her peers to get to where she is today. She is one of the most committed athletes you will find on and off the hill with stellar attendance at dryland sessions and summer on-snow camps. She is fully committed, beyond her years, both mentally and physically, to do well in everything she tackles. She nonetheless maintains a happy, carefree attitude and is well-liked among her peers. She approaches her academics with the same determination, enabling her to carry a rigorous course load and an impressive GPA.
These are only a few examples of the many displays of character, courage and commitment among the more than 600 young athletes at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail this season. While the focus is on competitive snow sports, the real rewards are the important life lessons learned through the pursuit of realizing personal potential.