Alpine Update - North American Report
February 2, 2011 ~We’ll start with news of the youngest of the GMVS crew: the ‘G7s’, or 7th-graders. They trekked all the way to Jay Peak on Sunday for a tough race, and here is Coach Charlie Powell’s report:
That hill was VERY difficult to ski (partly the reason we held training there on Saturday). The course setters had the gates stacked AND offset to try and keep terminal velocity to a minimum. Consequently, there were many big crashes and DNF's. That being said, our group had some incredible results. Josh Turner hip checked in the first run, only to come back with a 2nd place in the finale. Isobel Morton took 7th in the opener and 14th in the second run.
The J3s were on main Street at Stowe on Sunday for a GS, and freshman Charlie Raposo turned in a solid effort, taking second place overall. Scott Schibli ’15 was 4th, with classmate Inigo Larriu just edging out Chris Post ’15 (by 0.07) for 11th. Jay Boland ’14 also skied well, finishing 14th. For the girls, the top result was freshman Ellie Boynton in 7th, with Amelia Kaplan ’16 taking 9th.
For the FIS crowd, there was action all over. In Waterville valley, NH, senior AJ Ginnis swept a pair of Development FIS slaloms. He had a lot of company on the first page, with Kane Boynton ’12 (8th and 9th), Kendall Pasteris ’12 (10th and 14th), Mitch Grimmer ’12 (14th and 15th) and Tomek Dobrzanski ’11 (15th first day) joining in the fun.
Just across the White Mountains a ways, the ladies had a pair of Eastern Cup slaloms at Cranmore. Devin Delaney ’10 bested the field (and a particularly nasty rut on one gate in particular…) on a brutally cold first day, followed by Anna Kikut ’11 in second (her best slalom to date) and Katie Fitzpatrick ’11 in 6th. Day Two saw Delaney take 3rd, with Sara Kikut ’11 5th and Jackie Maier ’10 8th.
At the same time, just a bit farther north and east, the TD Bank Eastern Cup slaloms were held, and UNH skier Chad Lawrence ’09 zipped into 5th place in the opener, with Middlebury College’s Andrew McNealus ’08 finishing 13th. In the second race, Dartmouth’s Peter Ankeny PG ’08 took 6th, and the story was Danny Duffy ‘12, who jumped from 63rd to 29th to finish second for the J2s.
Up in Quebec, Mont Sainte-Anne played host to several races. In GS, Simon-Claude Toutant ’10 was 4th on the second day, with Fred Durand ‘08 skiing well in 6th and 9th. Senior Katherine Lessard was 13th in the second GS.
The domestic FIS calendar also included 2 downhills as part of the Speed Week at Sugarloaf. True to form, the race series brought with it a blizzard, but before the snow fell they got both races in on Tuesday. In the opening race, senior Sandy Vietze was impressive in skiing to second place, with junior Brian McLaughlin hot on his heels in 3rd. Jack Kirby ’11 was 8th, while Danny Duffy was again big news, taking 9th from 29th start position. Miles Derrick ’11 skied to 15th place. In the second race, Duffy again made an impressive move, this time taking 4th place, just behind McLaughlin. Derrick moved up a bit to 13th. In the ladies’ races, Anna Kikut had the best finishes, taking 5th and 6th place. Susan Campbell ‘12 and Simona Croccolo ‘12 went 13th /15th in the opener, with Simona moving up one spot in the second race.