MMSST NEWS February 20, 2018

Cook shows the true Olympic spirit

Stacey Cook (Photo by Susan Morning/Magic Memories)

The Olympic Creed. “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” Baron De Coubertin.

Mammoth’s Stacey Cook has been named to four Winter Olympic teams, but making the team this year was unquestionably the most difficult. As the 2017-2018 season moved along, it became clear that Cook didn’t have a guaranteed spot to what would hopefully be her fourth Olympics. When many athletes might give in to fate, Cook just pushed harder. She dealt with training runs being canceled, and races being postponed or moved. By the time the last World Cup downhill was finished there had only been four weekends of racing in which to make the team.

The thirty-three year old speed skier started out the season being one of the top American women in downhill, but as the season progressed she saw her finish position drop down with some of the younger U.S. women coming in ahead of her. Happily she still held a high enough place amongst her teammates, and on Jan. 24 when the official Team USA roster was released Cook’s name was on the list. She was going to Pyeongchang. Later that day Cook described her thoughts via social media writing, “Each Olympic cycle has been so different from the others, each filled with different successes, challenges, stages of life, people, continents, and experiences. Each has been special for their own reason and sometimes difficult, painful, and exhausting. The last four years have been some of the most passionate and fun years I have ever had, but at the same time they have seemed like a constant fight, nothing coming naturally, everything coming down to talking myself into putting my heart and body on the line, doubters ever increasing, and age setting in. THAT is what makes this Olympic selection so special to me. I have fought my heart out to make this team and I am very excited to head to Korea and make this experience special in its unique way. So proud to represent Team USA in Pyeongchang. So proud to be a four-time Olympian. So proud to represent those who don’t give up, work hard to be better, and believe. So proud to walk next to my amazing teammates and friends who have pushed me beyond what I thought possible (and also made it really tough to get named to this team!!).”

However, the elation of making the team was shot lived. On Feb. 4, Cook hit a major bump on her road to the Olympics. Cook was racing at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in the final downhill before the Olympics, when she went off course and crashed violently into the protective fencing. The following day Cook wrote, “There’s a weird kind of confidence you can take from doing an 80+ MPH body slam into a wall followed by a face bashing into the ice. It’s knowing that I can take a hit and carry on, knowing I am strong, and knowing that I am physically and mentally ready for the biggest challenges. I’ve learned from past Olympics not to let circumstances dictate outcomes. I’m on my way to Korea with a sweet black eye and some sore lower legs but am confident in my therapy program to get me on snow soon and enjoying every aspect of the Olympic experience. I am oh so thankful for my protective gear that I believe allowed me to defy what seems possible and walk away from this one.”

Television coverage showed a smiling Cook walking proudly in the Opening Ceremonies at Pyeongchang. But, a few days later Cook confided to friends and fans what was really going on, “I’m so thankful for all the Team USA staff/doctors/physios who have been so supportive and working tirelessly to help me get back out skiing again. My legs are structurally solid but there’s an amount of trauma that comes with big crashes. Putting my boots back on hurt, a lot, and I’m having to quickly learn to ski with a pain threshold I never have had before on skis. I know this fight will make me stronger and I try to embrace the journey and learn everyday but there are moments like this one that have me bent over in pain and frankly aren’t that much fun. The Olympic spirit is a strong force though… I feel it and am determined to be ready to go by race day with all the pain, tears, and fears left behind.” Fast forward to Feb. 16 and Cook was really cutting it close with the time line to be ready to race, but she got in the course and proceeded down for her first training run. And then she came back and did it again the next day. Later that day her physical therapist Mammoth Hospital’s Sara Chavez, who is working with the team in South Korea, wrote, “Today I got the full PyeongChang Olympic experience! Finally! Thank you Stacey for making this such a rewarding experience. Glad we got you back on skis and it’s been an honor to work with you and get to know you. You rock my friend!”

On Monday, Cook was listed as the second starter sandwiched between teammates Lindsay Vonn and Mikaela Shiffren for the third downhill training run. But, sadly 30 minutes before she was scheduled to push out of the start Cook used her social media site to reveal she wouldn’t be racing. “While I was extremely lucky to walk away from crashing hard just days before the Olympics started, walking actually hasn’t been all that easy.” Cook confessed to having high ankle sprains in both legs, an ever-evolving compartment syndrome issue in both legs, a sometimes debilitating nerve pain in her right leg, and the swelling, bruising, and tissue damage that accompanies all of that. She noted that, “The docs, physios, and I have tried everything possible to manage the pain enough to ski. I got in the start gate of the training run yesterday and tried to push past the pain, tried to ignore the instincts to quit, tried to be super-human when I know all to well that that I am rather ordinary. I tried. I’m proud of trying and proud of fighting while simultaneously being crushed. My selfish side so badly wanted a physical memento of all the effort I have poured into this sport for decades. My realistic side knows that I did everything, for so long, that I could to achieve that. My Olympian side says I have accomplished everything this great event stands for and that’s all that really matters.” Although Cook won’t be racing in PyeongChang, she continues to show us the true Olympic Spirit promising, “Tomorrow I’ll be the number one super fan of an amazing team racing in the Olympic DH. Good luck girls!!!” https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/event-details.html?event_id=41274&cal_suchsector=AL

MIGHTY MITES

Hayden Ledesma (Photo by Susan Morning/Magic Memories)

Future Olympians compete in annual Jeff Todd race On Saturday, Feb. 17, forty-eight possible future Olympians, also known as Mighty Mites, torn down Fascination in a dual style race with their best time counting. The mini racers were there to honor the late Jeff Todd, who has been credited with starting the Mammoth Mountain Mighty Mite program.

Todd a resident of Mammoth for over 30 years held many jobs in the area. He started out working for MMSA night crew and eventually worked his way up to MMST race coach. In addition to starting the Mighty Mite program he also helped run the Jr. Village Championships and he was instrumental in producing many other exciting programs that expanded ski racing for the youth of Mammoth and the Far West Skiing. Each year FW Skiing honors an athlete with the Jeff Todd Sportsmanship Award. His “indomitable spirit, relentless energy, riotous wit and extraordinary courage” is celebrated annually with the MMSST Mighty Mite Jeff Todd race.

Top three finishers in the race are as follows: 06F: 1 Flora Wheeler, 2 Lily McConnell, 3 Ashley Bien; 06M: 1 Noah Geffre, 2 Sandor Jovanovic, 3 Lauden Meade-Sofield; 07F: 1 Charlotte Campbell, 2 Resi Griffith, 3 Madeline Sewell; 07M: 1 Hayden Ledesma, 2 Andre Gazarian, 3 Gabriel Vanderhurst; 08F: 1 Neko Morando, 2 Rowan Monte, 3 Tessa Rozanski; 08M: 1 Marco Condon, 2 Garrett Moberly, and 3 Ryan McConnell.

CHARGERS

Big Mountain Comp at Squaw Valley Charger Big Mountain Comp coaches recently wrote, “kids had a blast at Squaw for the Tahoe Junior Freestyle Series (TJFS) stop two. They competed remarkably well especially considering all the variables and the fact that our athletes were the only ones that hadn’t skied the venue days prior. We had seven Charger athletes compete with one tenth place finish…out of 57 athletes in the division.”

At the Squaw Valley contest on Feb. 9-11, MMSST athlete Kai Bir was 26th in the Male 12-14 division and then he came back to take 10th. Teammate Cian Smith took 45th and 47th in the same division. In the Male 15-18 division Noah Smith was 33rd; Alessandro DeFelice 34th; and Carson Dorough 41st. Skyler Low and Caity Rahmeyer competed in the Female 15-18 class. Low was 13th both days, while Rahmeyer was 16th and then came back to take 15th.

According to the TJFS website, “The Tahoe Junior Freeride Series originated in 2007 as a friendly big mountain competition between Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl ski teams. It has grown into a four stop regional series that boasts over 270 competitors. Each comp has a three-day format with every competitor skiing/riding two runs over three days. There are no cuts after the first day. Competitors can earn points from TJFS comps toward national IFSA ranking.” https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tcAn-dJ97OmefSDYp-3s89GuBK-_vDgD

MHS ALPINE AND SNOWBOARD TEAMS

Janelle Weinert (Photo by Susan Morning/Magic Memories)

Athletes Qualify for CNISSF Championships After competing in six high school races (three slalom and three GS) 27 Mammoth High School athletes qualified for the CNISSF Championships to be held March 5-8 at Mammoth Mountain. MHS alpine coach, Connie Moyer explained the athletes’ points “were calculated using the rules stated in the bi-laws for the CNISSF League. It is a bit complicated, but for each team you get your top three competitors to qualify. In addition, for each team competing we get the athletes from the top positions. So that means that for each discipline, nine athletes qualify since we have three teams competing with the exception of the girl’s snowboarding events where only RIM and Mammoth fielded full teams of three (the top six then qualify, since there were two teams competing). To score the athletes we used the best two of the three races (as also stated in the bi-laws).

The following athletes qualified for Championships: Girls Skiers GS, SL: Mallory Podosin, Keely Podosin, Cary Walker, Hallie Clute, Madison Jayne, Melanie Moyer, Sloane Ramras GS only: Devon Cole, Audrey Sandvigen, SL only: Adi Witherill, Ruby Walker Boys Skier GS, SL: Benny Wolfe, Aidan LeFrancois, Sean Walker, Mason Forsythe, Julian Leeds, Seth Gacho GS only: Otto Gubser Girls Snowboard GS, SL: Tyler Brooking, Janelle Weinert, Hannah Goodwin Boys Snowboard GS, SL: Kris Martin, Nick Hildebrand, Andrew Grey, Jacob Fulton, Dylan VanKampen, Cayden Wilson, GS only (SL Alternate 2) SL only: Evan Hilliard. Alternates: Olivia Catarossi, GS Alternate 1; Cassidy Moyer, GS Alternate 2; Billy McDaniel, GS Alternate 1; Joshua Krogstie SL Alternate 1

MHS NORDIC TEAM

Meaghan Thompson (Photo by Shannon Bagshaw)

Nordic CNISSF State Championships CNISSF State Championships for High School Nordic skiers was held Feb. 16 at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center. Shannon Bagshaw, mother of Varsity team member, Meaghan Thompson gave, “A quick run down” of the event saying, “Finals this year was an interval start Skiathlon where racers ski both classic and skate disciplines in one continuous race with a change of skis. The course was 3 laps of a 2.25 km loop with steep climbs and downhills to challenge everyone. The first lap was a classic lap, then racers came into transition bays where coaches lay out skate skis and poles and racers quickly change equipment for the final 4.5 km of skate technique. Team standings for the season, given our small team size, were a very respectable fifth for the boys and fourth for the girls.”

Varsity Girls standings: Meaghan Thompson, fifth; Alexia Craven 17th; Robin Romagnino 18th.Varsity Boys: Jared Mahler, sixth; Lucas Strazzere 25th. Open Girls (JV): Lizetta Dardenne-Ankringa, first; Emma Dardenne-Ankringa, second. Open Boys (JV): Tanner Bissonette 18th. http://farwestnordic.org/racing/race-results/2017-2018/

MORE ALUMNI NEWS

Underkoffler captures NWCSC crown Former MMSST standout Lucas Underkoffler, racing for College of Idaho, won his third-straight Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference qualifier on Feb. 3. The senior had the second-fastest times in each of the two runs, but his combined time of 1:20.46 was a half-second faster than Washington State’s Reid Reininger (1:20.93) and nearly two seconds clear of Washington’s Grant Duffy (1:22.16). Underkoffler recorded his fifth-straight top-four finish for the Coyotes, placing third with a two-run time of 1:19.96.

On Feb. 10 the NWCSC closed out their regular-season with slalom races on Grouse Mountain, outside Vancouver, B.C. Underkoffler placed second in both of the Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference qualifiers, securing the NWCSC individual title and helping the College of Idaho to their third NWCSC team championship in the last four years. Combining the final two slalom races into one day, the Yotes placed second in the morning race before dominating the field in the afternoon set of runs to claim the overall team championship. Underkoffler had the fastest first run of the morning session, but got clipped at the line by 15-hundredths of a second for the gold by University of Idaho’s Boomer Vuori (1:26.32). Later in the day, the Yotes placed three in the Top-10 to earn the team victory with Underkoffler in second (1:29.32).

Underkoffler earned his fourth-straight All-NWCSC selection. C of I takes next weekend off in preparation for the USCSA Western Regionals, at Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyo. http://yoteathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=mski

Former MMSST skiers represent top colleges in the West at USCSA Regionals While Undelkoffler was taking the week off, a number of his former MMSST teammates returned to their home mountain on Saturday, Feb. 17 to compete in their USCSA Regional races. Unfortunately, on Sunday the slalom portion of the event was canceled due to extremely high winds and the regionals for USCSA Nationals had to be based solely on the GS race.

In the women’s GS race Eva Yguico, racing for UCLA was sixth after the first run, while Maia Bickert (CAL) was just .01 behind Yguico. Yguico held on for her second run and moved up one place to take fifth overall, with the remaining racers in the top-six all members of the Sierra Nevada College team. Bickert ended up in seventh and Chelsea Foulke (CAL) was 14th. On the men’s side Austin Gumins (USC) was seventh, Ryan Foulke (Stanford) ninth, Max Ziontz (UCSB) 11th, Jimmy Wehsener (CAL) 17th, Liam Carrigan (UCLA)  and Logan DeAngelis (UC Davis) also competed.

The USCSA is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. It is made up of over 175 member colleges and universities. It holds competitions across 11 conferences in the United States, culminating in six Regional Competitions and the USCSA National Championships in March of each year. Teams qualify from the six Regions at Regional Championships and move on to competition at the National Championships. The 40th Annual USCSA National Championships will be held March 4-10th, 2018 at Lake Placid, NY. http://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=184995

PHOTO GALLERY

Jeff Todd Race photos by Susan Morning/Magic Memories

06F winners

06M winners

07F winners

07M winners

08F winners

08M winners

Jeff Todd race participants

Nordic CNISSF State Championships (Photos courtesy of Shannon Bagshaw)

Meaghan Thompson

 

MMSST NEWS February 13, 2018

2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IN PYEONGCHANG

Maddie Mastro, Chloe Kim, Kelly Clark and Shaun White at the recent Olympic Snowboard Team naming ceremony held at Mammoth Mountain.

A total of eight athletes are representing Mammoth at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. Mammoth Ambassadors Kelly Clark and Chloe Kim, a former member of MMSST along with current MMSST members Maddie Mastro and Emily Arthur competed in the women’s snowboard halfpipe. Clark, Kim and Mastro represented the U.S. while Arthur was there for her home country of Australia. Shaun White, a Mammoth Ambassador competed in the men’s snowboard halfpipe. Two other MMSST’s athletes also went as representatives of Australia. They include Kent Callister who competed in the men’s snowboard halfpipe and his teammate Tess Coady who was scheduled to compete in the women’s snowboard slopestyle event. Unfortunately, Coady suffered a knee injury in practice and had to withdrawn from the competition. Later Coady expressed her thoughts to the media saying, “I am extremely disappointed with injuring my knee before I had the chance to compete. It’s a very difficult time but I’m getting great support from the medical team and my teammates. I’m going to work hard to come back even better in the future.”

The final athlete is four-time Olympian Stacey Cook who will be racing in the women’s downhill. Cook, a former member of MMSST, is a current Mammoth Ambassador and Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation board member.

CHLOE KIM, MAMMOTH’S GOLDEN GIRL

Chloe Kim

Four years is a long time to wait to compete, but that is exactly what Mammoth’s Chloe Kim had to do. In 2014 Kim had everything she needed to be named to the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team except for one thing, age. At 13 years old Kim wasn’t old enough to compete in the Olympics. Over the next four years, Kim a member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Team (MMSST) moved up to the U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Team, and she kept getting stronger and better. She earned four gold medals at the X Games and in 2016 she made history at the Park City Grand Prix, doing something no woman had ever done. She landed back-to-back 1080s and scored a perfect 100. And she was part of two “all Mammoth women” podiums in the Grand Prix contests at home.

Fast-forward to 2018. The first-generation American, whose parents emigrated from South Korea had already made quite a name for herself. Up to then she had been called, “The Future of Women’s Snowboarding.” But at the beginning of the 2018 season the media began saying, “it’s clearly now safe to call Chloe Kim the ‘Now of Women’s Snowboarding.’ ” And they started labeling her as the definite Olympic gold medal contender. Not all 17 year-olds could handle this amount of pressure, but Kim knows how to deal. Using social media she made headlines when during her Olympic qualifying rounds she sent out a casual tweet, “could be down for some ice cream rn.” When someone responded, “Aren’t you competing right now?” She answered, “Yes,” all the while qualifying first for the finals. Just prior to competing in the finals on Tuesday morning in South Korea, Kim again turned to social media and posted a photo of her self confidently stating, “Let’s do this thing!!” and that is just what she did.

Most of the 12 final competitors used their first of three runs as a warm up to their final run, but not Kim. In front of her extended Korean family including her parents, sisters, aunts, cousins, and her 75-year-old grandmother, Moon Jung Ae, Kim dropped in and rode like it was her final run. Her backside air, frontside 1080, cab 720, frontside 900, McTwist and frontside inverted 720 earned her a score of 93.75 and put her in first place over the other finalists including three of her Mammoth comrades: MMSSTs’ Maddie Mastro and Emily Arthur (competing for her home country of Australia) and Mammoth Ambassador Kelly Clark.

The riders took their second runs, but none of them could beat Kim’s first run score. After the 11 other riders finished their third runs, 34 year-old Clark, competing in her fifth Olympics, sat in fourth place, Arthur was in 11th, and Mastro in 12th. Kim stood alone at the top of the halfpipe, officially the Olympic gold medal winner, with one run left. So what should one do now, a victory lap? When your name is Chloe Kim, you smile, drop into the halfpipe with all of the confidence of a newly crowned gold medal winner and throw down a run that is so spectacular it earns you an even higher score of 98.25. “I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied taking the gold and knowing that I hadn’t put down my best,” she said. “That third run was for me – to put down the best run I could do.”

In the end Kim shared the podium with silver medal winner Jiayu Liu from China and U.S. teammate Arielle Gold in bronze. “Standing on the podium was insane – just realizing how far I’ve come as a person and an athlete,” she said. Later Kim again turned to social media saying, “I hate crying but I’ll give myself a pass for this one. Thank you everyone for the love! Stoked to bring home the gold.” Mastro also use social media saying, “Where do I begin. Thank you to everyone for all the support, and the kind messages. They mean so much to me, I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am. I can start with this – thank you a thousands times then plus some. The sun sill rise again and I’ll try again. So many different emotions from today, and sadly it didn’t go my way. And thats okay…See you in 4 Years Olympics.”

At 17, Kim is now the youngest female medalist in Olympic snowboarding history, beating the record held by another Mammoth rider, her mentor Clark, who set it in 2002 when she won the Olympics in Salt Lake as an 18-year-old. Link to results: https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/results.html?sector=SB&raceid=14166

WHITE WINS GOLD

Shaun White, shown at the 2018 Snowboard Olympic Team naming ceremony held at Mammoth Mountain in January, went on to win a gold medal in the men’s halfpipe in PyeongChang. (Photo by Susan Morning)

Twenty-four hours after Mammoth’s pride and joy, Chloe Kim stood at the top of the Olympic halfpipe at the Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang another Mammoth rider, Shaun White found himself in the same position. There was only one difference. While Kim waited to take her third and final run she knew she had already won the gold medal. On the other hand White was keenly aware that he was in second place and this would be his last chance to take the gold.

The scene played out like a television drama. A two-time Olympic gold medal winner can do no better than fourth place in the previous Olympics. He trains for four more years, suffers an early season injury, recovers and at 31 years old makes his fourth Olympic team. He proves himself in the qualifiers earning the highest score of all the competitors. After the first run of the snowboard finals he sits in first place. Then in the second run one of the last riders to go, an up and coming teenager beats his score. The main character takes his second run and falls. He now sits in second going into the third and final run. He will be the last competitor to go. The other riders take their runs, with the last two going before him falling. The camera focuses on the main character standing at the top of the halfpipe as he waits to take his turn. In order to win the gold, he will have to have the run of a lifetime. He drops in…

But this is no “made for T.V.” movie this is real life. White is the main character, and the teenager is Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. White earned a score of 94.25 in his first run. Nineteen year-old Hirano came back to score 95.25 in his second run, while White fell and scored no better than 55.00. In the third and final run, third place finisher Australia’s Scotty James fell, Hirano fell, too. Now it was all up to White. White nailed his final run with back-to-back 1440s, a flawless Double McTwist 1260 and a frontside 1260. He scored a 97.75 and won the gold. In doing so, the athlete that has been referred to as “The Flying Tomato” can now instead be compared to a mythological phoenix, a colorful and vibrant, long-lived bird that is born again.

White not only won the gold medal, he also made Olympic history, as he became the first American male to win gold in three different Winter Games. He had previously won the gold in the Turin Games in 2006, and again in Vancouver in 2010. At the same time his victory was the 100th Olympic gold medal won by Team USA in Olympic Winter Games history. Team USA has swept all four snowboard gold medals awarded this far at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, with two of those being earned by Mammoth athletes, Kim and White. Mammoth had one other athlete in the men’s halfpipe, Kent Callister. Callister, a member of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Team, competed for the Australian Olympic Team and took 10th place. Link to results: https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/results.html?sector=SB&raceid=14168

U16, U19-21 TEAMS

Jimmy Whitely, Sasha Mueller and Erica Lynch at Big Sky. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Whiteley)

Recently two MMSST U16 athletes Sasha Mueller and Erica Lynch along with their coach Jimmy Whiteley traveled to Big Sky, MT for the Western Region U16 Big Sky Project, Feb. 3-6. According to the Western Region staff, the purpose of the in-season training opportunity was “to align a contact point within the Western Region that can assist our U16 athletes that are progressing through their divisional competitions. The primary goal of this project is for the divisions to collectively work together in a training environment with the U16 age group, assisting athletes with in-season preparation for the remainder of the competition period.” Coach Whiteley reported it was a, “Successful project up in Big Sky, Montana. Athletes Sasha Mueller and Erica Lynch had an amazing opportunity to train some GS and Super G before upcoming races. Big thanks to Daron Rahlves for coming up and guest coaching.” Rahlves’ responded on social media with, “Way to get after it girls. Big thanks to coach Jimmy, too.” No sooner had the trio arrived back at Mammoth than it was time to put their experience to the test with the U16, U19-21 GS Qualifier races at their home mountain Feb. 10-11.

Mammoth’s Alex Colby set the bar for the rest of the field in the U16, U19-21 GS Qualifier on Saturday. Colby had the fastest time of the day. (Photo by Susan Morning/Magic Memories)

On Saturday, Feb. 10, Sugar Bowl’s Georgie Sullivan hands down took the win for the women. Sullivan won both runs overall and in the process took the top podium spot for the U16 women with a time 4.08 seconds ahead of her nearest U16 competitor Zoe Huml (Northstar Ski Team). Maya Wong (Squaw Valley Ski Team) was third and Mammoth’s Lynch was just .09 seconds behind Wong to take fourth. MMSST athletes Keely Podosin, Neave Anderson, Anastasia Seator-Braun and Taylor Wilkison claimed top 30 spots coming in 21, 24, 25, and 29 respectively. In the U19 women’s division Mammoth’s Mack Carkeet found herself in second after the first run, just behind Cheyenne Brown (SVST) but Carkeet came back to take the second run and the win. MMSST’s Evin Haworth who was third after the first run, landed in the medals taking fourth place overall for the U19 women. Teammates Nikki Sadat and Frances Lackey joined her on the front page taking 12th and 13th respectively.

The following day the wind was in charge, delaying the start of the women’s first run. After much discussion the decision was made and the race was on. By the end of the day Lynch was sixth for the U16s, Neave Anderson moved up to 15th, Podosin was 20th, Seator-Braun was 23rd, Mueller was 26th and Madison Jayne was 29th. Carkeet again had to settle for second overall behind Sullivan, but she took the win for the U19 women, winning both runs by 3.65 seconds over her nearest competitor Magnolia Neu (SVST). Coming in third, just .18 behind Neu was Mammoth’s Kendall Lach. Sadat was 11th, Elizabeth Gammariello was 12th, and Lackey held at 13th.

Saturday on the men’s side, Mammoth’s Alex Colby set the bar for the rest of the field. The U21 racer took the first run over U19 teammate Barrett Calvin. The second run saw Colby and Calvin again coming in first and second, giving Colby the overall win and Calvin the win for the U19 men. Five other Mammoth U19s made top 15 with Erik Eisen in fifth, Bruno Amon-Francheschi in sixth, Lachlan Anderson in seventh, Cole Williams in eighth and Tommy Teslaa in 14th. Benjamin Wynn, who started well in the back of the pack, turned in two solid runs to take 14th for the U16 men. Two other MMSST U16s landed in the top 30 with Aidan Le Francois in 24th and Benjamin Wolfe in 28th. Sunday, the men got their first run in, but the wind clocked at 120 miles per hour at the top of Broadway, forced the cancellation of their second run. Link to results: http://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=183996 , http://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=183997, http://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=184112

U10-U12-U14 TEAMS

Elinor Crall races for Petra’s in Sunday Junior Village Championships. Crall took third for the U12 women. (Photo by Susan Morning/Magic Memories)

The second 2018 Junior Village Championship race took place on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Mammoth Mountain. The dual race, which combines both individual and team participation, was sponsored by Giovanni’s. Tom Cage, owner of Kittredge Sports kept the crowd of friends and family entertained with his witty and informative announcing. But the real stars of the day were the U10-U12-U14 athletes who braved the same strong wind that forced the cancellation of their older teammate’s race higher up on the mountain. In the first JVC race of the season Outdoor 365’s Parker Gumins claimed the fastest time for both the red course and the blue course. Gumins, came back for the second JVC race and again claimed double wins over Petra’s Quentin Le Francois, who was second and Mitchell Parsons (Burgers) in third for the U14 men. Going one, two and three for the U14 women were Siena Beeghly (John’s Pizza), Bryn Urdi (Kittredge) and Kendall Spieler (GC Firewood).

In the U12s Outdoor 365’s Maya Eisner won the women’s race and Gregory Gazarian won for the men. Petra’s Madeline Le Francois and Elinor Crall came in second and third for the women, while Tanner Knott (Designs Unlimited) and Jake McConnell (Footloose) rounded out the podium for the men. Margaux Schlumberger (Footloose), Addison Koenig (Kittredge) and Carly Neal (Kittredge) took first, second and third for U10 women. Kimi Basamakov (Mono Market) was first for the U10 men. He was followed by Tristin Weinreb (GC Firewood) in second and Fritz Griffith (Desogns Unlimited) in third. The team trophy for the first race of the season went to Outdoor 365, but in this race the “Big Cookie” went to the Kittredge Sports team making for a very interesting finals to be held March 11. Link to results: http://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=184273

The between runs “halftime” entertainment was provided by the athletes’ parents who took part in the Geriatric Village Championships. Coby Wheeler (Potluckers) had the fast combined time of the day competing against racers who used a variety of equipment including snowboards, telemark skis and alpine skis. Link to results: http://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=184274

NORDIC TEAMS

In the High School Girls race Meaghan Thompson was sixth. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Vetter)

Friday, Feb. 2 Mammoth High School and Mammoth Middle School Nordic teams took part in CNISSF races at Tamarack. In the High School Boys division Mammoth’s Jared Mahler was fifth, Lucas Strazzere 10th, and Axton Albright was 27th. In the High School Girls race Meaghan Thompson was sixth, Emma Darenne-Ankringa 12th, Robin Romagnino 13th, Lizetta Dardenne-Ankringa 15th and Hope Reeves was 40th.

Lily Fazio was 22nd and Ella Walker was 49th for the Mammoth Middle School Girls. While six boys raced for Mammoth Middle School with Cyrus Creasy 32nd, Cabot Godoy 33rd, Wade Perry 57th, Jack Leonard 63rd, Davin Wolter 67th, and Kyle Smith was 73rd. The final high school and middle school races of the season, the CNISSF State Championships, will be held Feb. 16 at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center. Link to results: http://farwestnordic.org/raceresults/results20172018/cnissf1718/tl_cnissf-classic18.html

PHOTO GALLERY 

Our Mammoth Olympians (Photos by Susan Morning)

Stacey Cook

Shaun White and Kelly Clark

 

Kent Callister

Emily Arthur

Chloe Kim competing in the 2018 Mammoth Grand Prix

U16-U19-U21 Mammoth GS Qualifier (Photo by Susan Morning/Magic Memories)

Mack Carkeet

 

Evin Haworth

Cole Williams

Erica Lynch

Lachlan Anderson

Erik Eisen

Bruno Amon-Franceschi

Giovanni’s JVC (Photos by Susan Morning/Magic Memories)

CNISSF Races at Tamarack (Courtesy of Heidi Vetter)

CNISSF Races at Tamarack (Courtesy of Lindsay Barksdale)