Athlete News, August 31, 2017
High School Mountain Bike Team
The Steamboat High School Mountain Bike Team had its first race in Frisco last weekend. With a large contingency of Freshman the team had 26 competitors racing. The team was led by Ethan Moyer and a strong Varsity group of boys. Ethan had a one minute lead over the rest of the field after the first lap. Unfortunately, a random stick poked through the top of his tire and out through the sidewall causing a very untimely flat tire. After repairing the flat, Ethan continued on to ride the fastest 3rd and 4th lap times. He is looking forward to the Steamboat Race and hopes the trail fairies are kind to him! The other Steamboat Varsity riders, Sven Tate, Trey Seymour, Chase Seymour and John Foster, rode together for much of the race and finished 22nd , 24th , 28th , 31st.
Sophomore boys had a field of 90 boys. Steamboat Mountain School racer Jack Reich finished 36 after recently returning from New Zealand from a ski camp. JV boys had the largest field of the weekend with 151 participants. Starting 60th in the first wave, Matthew Kempers raced his way up to 18th. Chase High and Dane Freckleton started near the middle of the second wave and finished 26 and 68 respectively.
The ladies were the leaders of the team, scoring the most points for the team overall. Freshman Emi Cooper put her head down and just pedaled. A down hilling phenom, Emi charged the up hills with the same ferocious intensity coming in at 2nd place. She was followed closely by teammates Eliza Fox, 5th and Ryley Seibel, 7th. New to mountain biking this summer, Elena Wittemyer impressed the coaches coming in 14th out of 24 Freshman Girls. Reilly Mewborn, JV Girl, finished 11th even though she felt it wasn’t her best race and Josie Seibel, 27th. Parker Seibel, the team’s only Sophomore lady soared into 9th place, scoring points for her team. The Freshman boys were the largest Steamboat group of the weekend. All 10 riders completed the race, many their first racing experience. The pack was led by Alden Wade in 6th place. Daniel Kempers followed closely behind rising to 13th from the back of the field. Out of 116 Freshman boys, the rest of the team finish as follows: Derek Pettigrew, 28th; Louis Bartels, 34th; Johnny Duty, 43rd, Forrest Christian, 48th, Gunnar Gilbertson, 57th, Jack Bube, 69th, Teale Carlsson, 79th, Dylan Kuntz 85th.
The next High School race is in Steamboat on September 10 at Howelsen Hill. The action starts at 9am with Freshman Boys and will continue through until 3:30pm. Come out and cheer on the team, support our local racers! More info HERE.
ANNUAL FLIGHT CAMP ENDS SUMMER SEASON FOR JUMPERS/NORDIC COMBINERS
Twenty two athletes and five coaches from the SSWSC Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined program ended the summer season by participating in the club’s annual Flight Camp at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, August 14-19. The trip started off with roller skiing and activities followed by a fun night of camping at Deerlodge Park on the Yampa River on the way to Park City. Once in Park City, the camp offered seven jumping sessions throughout the week, a fun morning at the wind tunnel in Ogden, UT to work on flight positioning and a team BBQ on the last night. Goals for the camp are to focus on flight positions, logging lots of jumps and jumping bigger jumps for the first time. Many of the younger athletes were traveling to the UOP for the first time and a number of PR’s (personal records) were set during the camp. Athletes at Flight Camp ranged in age from 8 to 14 while most of the club’s older J/NC athletes attended a camp in Central Europe. In all, over thirty J/NC athletes participated in training camps in August which is a club record for the month. With a successful summer of training behind them, the SSWSC J/NC program is primed for a successful Fall/Winter season.
The Nordic Combiners take a break while Rollerskiing at Deerlodge Park during the first day of Flight Camp.
Alexa Brabec works on her flight position during wind tunnel training at Flight Camp
Aspen Bennett Manke takes a turn at the wind tunnel during Flight Camp
Camping at Deerlodge Park on the Yampa River
Flight Camp team members play soccer at the bottom of the jumps at Utah Olympic Park
Hanging out at the campfire at Deerlodge Park
Koen Stroock works on his flight position at the wind tunnel in Ogden UT
Team Picture from Flight Camp
Thomas Miller flies through the air at Flight Camp
Tinsley Wilkinson takes flight in the wind tunnel during Flight Camp