Vail’s high school mountain bike team, made up of riders from schools across the county, took second overall at the state championships last week in Fruita. SSCV photos.
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he high school Colorado cycling season saw local riders take top finishes at the state championship race in Fruita on Oct. 21. The team placed an overall second at the state race, improving on their previous best finish of third place during the regular season.
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By John Oâ€™Neill; No, you arenâ€™t daydreaming when you look at Vailâ€™s Golden Peak and see hordes of people ripping turns and riding the chairlift. As you keep walking by, know that youâ€™ll soon KDYH\RXUFKDQFHWRMRLQWKHPZKHQ9DLORSHQVRQ1RY)RUQRZWKRXJKWKHPRXQWDLQ is being wrestled into submission by the best skiers in the world, and those who are hoping to be. In the past two weeks, Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy athletes have logged a dozen days on the hill thanks to cold temperatures and heavy doses of snowmaking. These solitary, early-season days are spent getting reacquainted with the mountain, and it sets the athletes up for a great season, no matter if their discipline is alpine, freestyle or freeskiing. Â´+DYLQJDWUDLQLQJUXQRSHQULJKWQRZLVLUUHSODFHDEOHÂľ66&9FRDFK%UXFH+DPOLQVD\V â€œThe quality of training goes up immensely, and to have that right here at home is an even bigger positive.â€? 966$LVDVXEVLGLDU\IRU66&9DQGDFWVDVDOHDUQLQJHQYLURQPHQWIRUDWKOHWHV$OWHUQDtive class scheduling gives snow-sport athletes the opportunity to train and study without interference from one or the other. At this stage in the season, VSSA athletes will make the transition from dry-land training to snow training in preparation for a competition schedule slated to start within a month. The alpine skiers at VSSA are getting on their skis everyday at Golden Peak to enjoy the advantages of an early-season training run. Â´7KHDGYDQWDJHFDQQRWEHXQGHUVWDWHGÂľ+DPOLQVD\VÂ´+DYLQJWKLVPXFKPRUHWLPHRQ snow will have the athletes ready and balanced before most other programs start actually skiing.â€? At the Starbucks in Edwards, two VSSA athletes sat doing homework and talking about KRZH[FLWHGWKH\ZHUHWRĂ€QDOO\JHWEDFNRQWKHVQRZ6SRUWLQJDUDUH1RYHPEHUJRJJOHWDQ .HOO\%DOIDQ]DQG0RQWDQD0DU]DULRERWK-XQLRUVDW966$DUHXVLQJWKHWLPHRQ*ROGHQ Peak to ready themselves for the a hopefully stellar season. â€œItâ€™s pretty sweet that we are already able to get up and practice drills and already start working on all the little technical things that no one else can right now,â€? Balfanz says. Â´:HÂˇOOEHLQEHWWHUVKDSHDQGZHÂˇOOEHIDVWHUHDUOLHUÂľ Marzario agrees. She says that sheâ€™ll work early on returning to where she was last year, when her season was cut short by breaking her leg during a downhill ski run. â€œI want to get back to where I was and then improve as much as possible from there,â€?
Summer Training :KLOHWKH966$DWKOHWHVDUHĂ€QDOO\DEOHWRWDNHODSVRQ*ROGHQ3HDNWKHPDMRULW\KDYH been training much longer than the white stuff has been on the ground. There is not some secret summer ski run hiding year-round at Vail; rather, rigorous summer dry-land schedules help the athletes prepare physically and mentally for skiing once the race courses and park lanes open. Â´:HÂˇYHEHHQGRLQJHYHU\WKLQJXQGHUWKHVXQÂľ+DPOLQVD\VÂ´6NLLQJLVDIXOOERG\H[HUFLVHVRZHHPSKDVL]HVWUHQJWKLQHYHU\GLUHFWLRQ:HÂˇYHEHHQOLIWLQJZHLJKWVUXQQLQJKLOOV playing other sports and doing everything we can to make sure the athletes are strong and explosive.â€? Balfanz and Marzario started training for this season at the end of May. They hadnâ€™t seen VQRZIURPWKHQXQWLOWKHHQGRI2FWREHUEXWVSHQWDORWRIWLPHJHWWLQJĂ€WIRUWKHVHDVRQZLWK the ultimate goal of skiing always present. Â´:HÂˇOOEHLQEHWWHUVKDSHDQGKDYHOHVVULVNIRULQMXU\Âľ0DU]DULRVD\VDV%DOIDQ]QRGV LQDJUHHPHQWÂ´:HÂˇYHEHHQUXQQLQJDORWRIKLOOVGRLQJER[MXPSVDQGOLIWLQJ7KHWUDLQLQJ season starts a long time before the racing season.â€? World Class Company The VSSA athletes enjoy another perk for being on Golden Peak this early: As one of the SUHPLHUWUDLQLQJUXQVRSHQLQ1RUWK$PHULFDWKH866NL7HDPDQGIRUHLJQQDWLRQDOVNL teams are soon coming to Vail to log time on snow. â€œThe athletes are both comfortable and challenged being right here in Vail, at home,â€? +DPOLQVD\VÂ´%XWWKH\DUHDOVRVXUURXQGHGE\WKHEHVWDWKOHWHVLQWKHZRUOGÂľ 7KH 86 6NL 7HDP KDV DOUHDG\ WDNHQ UXQV GRZQ WKH UDFHFRXUVH DQG +DPOLQ VD\V WKH Swedes and Germans are coming in the next few weeks. The athletes are respectful of their high-level counterparts and try to stay out of each otherâ€™s way. But, on occasion, a VSSA DWKOHWHPLJKWKRSRQDFKDLUZLWKD:RUOG&XSVNLHUIURPDGLIIHUHQWFRXQWU\ Â´7KDWLVUHDOO\JRRGIRUWKHPÂľ+DPOLQVD\VÂ´6HHLQJWKHRWKHUDWKOHWHVRXWWKHUHVKRZV RXUDWKOHWHVZKDWLVSRVVLEOH7KH\VHHKRZKDUGWKHSURIHVVLRQDODWKOHWHVDUHWUDLQLQJĂ€UVWhand.â€? SneakPEAK writer John Oâ€™Neill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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ne of the younger members of the U.S. Alpine Ski team, 19-year-old Vail local Abby Ghent, hopes to capitalize on the 2012-2013 ski season.
Ghent was raised in the Vail Valley and refers to the local ski racing community as a sort RIIDPLO\WKDWKDVVXSSRUWHGKHUIURPKHUĂ€UVWGD\RQVNLVWRKHUĂ€UVW:RUOG&XSUDFH6KH has progressed off the slopes of Vail, out of the state and even out of the country to compete with the U.S. Ski Team at some of the sportâ€™s biggest races. SneakPEAK caught up with *KHQWVKRUWO\DIWHUWKHRIĂ€FLDODQQRXQFHPHQWRIWKH866NL7HDPPHPEHUVLQ9DLOODVW week. 1) Youâ€™ve burst onto the world scene in the last few seasons. How did you rise from a local Vail ski racer to a World Cup ski racer? Abby Ghent: Iâ€™ve worked my way up the ladder. Itâ€™s been a learning process, especially VLQFH,EHFDPHDPHPEHURIWKH867HDP0\Ă€UVW\HDUZDVDYHU\ELJREVWDFOHWRJHWRYHU 7KHUHZHUHDORWRIÂ´Ă€UVWVÂľWRĂ€JXUHRXW,ZDVVLFNDOPRVWHYHU\WULSZHZHQWRQDQGRXU team went from eight girls to two by the end of the season. That year was a test for me, and ,SDVVHG,UHTXDOLĂ€HGIRUWKHWHDPDQGWKHQKDGP\EHVWVHDVRQWKXVIDU,WÂˇVVWLOORQO\WKH beginning; I have a long way to go. 2) How much more are you training now compared to seasons in the past? AG: This summer my coaches have had me focus more on speed. Iâ€™ve trained a lot of super-G and downhill, some giant slalom, and even less slalom. Itâ€™s a different approach to training when itâ€™s mostly downhill and super-G. I donâ€™t think our training load has increased, EXWWKHLQWHQVLW\KDVGHĂ€QLWHO\JRQHXS 3) What are your 2013 goals? What is it going to take to achieve them? AG: This season is going to be a new experience. I will be doing a lot more traveling to get to Europa Cups here, World Cups there, and NorAms at home and in Canada. I have different goals for different circuits. I will be competing with a new pool of girls in World Cups, getting experience and hopefully some top-30 results. For Europa Cups, I would like
WRJHWVRPHWRSĂ€YHUHVXOWVLQERWKGRZQKLOODQGVXSHU*DQGWRSÂˇVLQ*6,QWKH1RU$P circuit I want to win the overall (most cumulative points at the end of the season), which will UHTXLUHDSRGLXPUHVXOWLQWKHGRZQKLOOVVXSHU*VDQG*6VWKDW,UDFHDQGWRSĂ€QLVKHV in the slaloms. These are lofty goals, but I like to challenge myself. 4) How do the pressures of a more competitive race environment affect your attitude toward racing? AG: As I work up, I learn to adapt to the pressures of races; itâ€™s another part of training. Iâ€™ve heard World Cups can get pretty intense, so Iâ€™m preparing mentally for that, but our team is great - the coaches are really supportive and the girls are awesome, so Iâ€™m hoping with this group, my positivity, and my training, Iâ€™ll be able to ignore the pressure and race the way I know I can. 5) You came from Vail. What part did the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and the Vail communities play in your success? AG: The SSCV community has been like a second family to me. When I was growing up, my mom was coaching so I would spend more time at the Club than I would at my own house. The other coaches were like my crazy aunts and uncles who have supported me my whole life. Then I went to the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, and my family got bigger. I have an irreplaceable group of people that I know I can go to if Iâ€™m ever struggling and with whom to share my successes. I make sure to keep my connection strong with the people that have helped me along the way and also to give back to the athletes and students who have goals like I did. 6) Will you be racing any in Vail or Beaver Creek this season? AG: Yes! Not a lot though. Weâ€™ll have the Vail NorAms at the end of January. Next season Iâ€™ll hopefully be competing on the new Womenâ€™s World Cup speed track in Beaver Creek to prepare for the 2015 Championships. 7) Youâ€™re young and racing well. What is it like to train and race with girls much older than yourself? AG:7KHJLUOV,ÂˇPWUDLQLQJZLWKKDYHEHHQJUHDW7KH\ZHUHZD\WRRQLFHWRPHP\Ă€UVW camp with them in Portillo, Chile, and Iâ€™m so grateful because it was very intimidating. They are all amazing skiers, and Iâ€™ve taken advantage of watching them ski on the same
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Vonn in Portillo to watch her and ask her how she ran certain parts of the course. 10) What is your best discipline? What have been some RI\RXUWRSDQGPRVWPHPRUDEOHĂ€QLVKHV" AG: Super-G is my best and favorite discipline. My most PHPRUDEOHĂ€QLVKZDVWKHVL[WKSODFHUHVXOW,JRWDW-XQLRU World Alpine Ski Championships this past season. I was literally hundredths away from getting on the podium, which is very bittersweet, but extremely thrilling. SneakPEAK writer John Oâ€™Neill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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â€œRising Starsâ€? brought young alpine racers from U.S. and Canada By Phil Lindeman
For Nigel Cooper, Vail is the best place for Canadaâ€™s rising downhill stars, at least while the peaks in Ontario and British Columbia are still waiting for snow. Cooper, the manager of athlete development for Alpine Canada, recently brought eight of his countryâ€™s most promLVLQJ VNL UDFHUV WR *ROGHQ 3HDN IRU GD\V RI WUDLQLQJ From Nov. 1 to Nov. 11, the 14 and 15 year olds took turns on a pristine pre-season course and worked with high-level coaches, all while rubbing elbows with members of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and the U.S. Ski Team. Yet the chance to catch Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso was just an added perk. The Canadian racers were part of something equally exciting and, in terms of becoming superstars in their own right, far more groundbreaking than a few autographs. While in Vail, they trained side-by-side with seven of the United States Ski and Snowboard AsVRFLDWLRQÂˇVEHVW\RXQJVNLHUV)RUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHLQKLVWRU\ the two countryâ€™s youth development organizations joined forces outside of competition, and Cooper hopes it will proGXFHUDFHUVZKRKROGWKHLURZQDJDLQVWWKHĂ€QHVW$XVWULDQ and Swiss skiers. â€œWeâ€™re very isolated from the European hotbed of the VSRUWVRKRSHIXOO\WKLVFRXOGKHOSXVSUHVHQWDPRUHXQLĂ€HG front at international competitions,â€? Cooper says. â€œCanada and the U.S. have been working with young racers for a long time, but this is an important way to build a stronger alpine base in North America. This initiative is a building block for future projects.â€? A European approach The joint program, dubbed â€œRising Stars,â€? was the brainchild of Cooper and Thomas Erhard, the team academy head coach for USSA. The two met this summer while training with athletes in Mt. Hood, Ore., and started imagining ways to bring their respective groups together. A preseason camp at Vail â€“ the go-to spot for early training in the
Cooper says the program introduced young athletes to the rigors of racing far from home with international peers. Itâ€™s the sort of friendly, non-competitive environment European racers take for granted, and it can be a major advantage when alpine skiers move from developmental racing to the rigorous FIS World Cup circuit. â€œThis is a very important part of the sport,â€? Cooper says. â€œWe generally only come together while competing, so itâ€™s nice to have everyone get together at a young age and really just learn from each other.â€? Cooperâ€™s sentiments are echoed by Erhard, a longtime USSA coach who started promoting international training LQWKHPLGV â€œIâ€™ve always believed in cross-national training,â€? Erhard says. â€œWe get better technically and mentally by working together and getting out with racers from other countries.â€? The racers represented a cross-section of the best talent from both countries. The Canadians came from clubs in British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, following in the ski tracks of fellow countrymen like Erin Mielzynski, DPHPEHURIWKHSUH2O\PSLFSURJUDPDQGWKHĂ€UVW&DQDdian to win a World Cup slalom event since 1971. The Americans were equally diverse, hailing from California, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was represented by two racers, Megan McGrew and River Radamus, both of whom are among the top-rated under-16 alpine skiers in the U.S. For McGrew and Radamus â€“ son of SSCV Executive 'LUHFWRU$OGR5DGDPXVÂ˛WDNLQJWXUQVRQ*ROGHQ3HDNLV Alexandra Lacasse Courshesne, member of the Al- practically an everyday affair. But few of the remaining 13 pine Canada youth development team, takes a run at racers had trained in Vail before, and the unfamiliarity of a Mont Olympia in Quebec last season. Courshesne was QHZKLOOZDVDQRWKHUEHQHĂ€WRIWKHSURJUDP â€œWhen these athletes get older, weâ€™re always on the road one of 15 U.S. and Canadian racers to attend a joint training camp in Vail last week. Alpine Canada photo. spending several weeks abroad,â€? Erhard says. â€œThis is all Rocky Mountains â€“ seemed like a perfect opportunity. For about developing a rounded athlete in the long term â€“ they the Canadians, it built on a youth-oriented program put in get used to being away from home. Obviously, itâ€™s still very far away from racing on the World Cup level, but this gives SODFHEHIRUHWKH:LQWHU2O\PSLF*DPHV $ORQJ ZLWK WKH H[SHFWHG EHQHĂ€WV RI WUDLQLQJ RQ VQRZ
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For many of the Rising Stars racers, including SSCVâ€™s 0F*UHZDQG5DGDPXVWKHFDPSZDVMXVWWKHĂ€UVWLQWHUQDtional learning experience of a jam-packed season. Cooper says itâ€™s a warm-up to the programâ€™s next stage, the CanAm UDFHVHULHVZKLFKIHDWXUHVUDFHVLQ3DQRUDPD%ULWLVK&Rlumbia and Sugarloaf, Maine. For USSA, Edhard and a handful of top racers will travel to Austria and Switzerland in January and February to train with European racers. The brand-new opportunity isnâ€™t related to Rising Stars, but Erhard sees it as another step forward for young U.S. skiers with hopes of racing on a SURIHVVLRQDOKLJKSURĂ€OHOHYHO â€œThe thing weâ€™re all trying to do is prep North American racers to go compete on an international stage,â€? Erhard says. â€œIt gets them ready for that long-term competition, and these athletes will have what it takes.â€?
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