U16 Championships under way at Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — The USSA Marriot Junior Championships kicked off this week in Beaver Creek. The best U16 racers in the Rocky and Central divisions came out to compete in the annual showdown. The qualification process for the event has been season-long and this is the culmination of their hard work. 180 racers competed on the Centennial course at Beaver Creek.
On Tuesday, the racers took to the downhill track with one of Vail’s very own coming out as the winner.
Ski&Snowboard Club Vail’s (SSCV) Abigail Murer has really come into her own this season and has been putting down clean, fast runs all season. Last year, at the Junior Championships Murer placed second in the downhill. This year, she was looking for more. Murer won the downhill by half a second.
Following Murer in second place was Team Academy racer Storm Klomhaus. Then, came a run of SSCV athletes with Heidi Livran in third, Sasha Horn in fourth, Camilla Trapness in fifth and Rachael Desrochers in sixth.
The men’s downhill field was composed of fast veteran racers and future Olympic hopefuls. Aspen racers had a great day with Tristan Lane placing first followed by Sky Kelsey in second. Steamboat Springs racer Zack Monsen made his way to a third-place finish. In fourth was SSCV’s Logan Martin. River Radamus who races for the United States Team Academy placed fifth.
Super G Wednesday
Wednesday was another gorgeous day for racing, as the skiers took full advantage of the perfect conditions for the super G. SSCV’s Livran had an incredible day and skied to a first-place finish.
“I have really been sticking to my game plan this season as far as making sure I have been getting rest, and that I’m training hard enough. I was a little nervous that the course felt a bit tight at the beginning of the day. This is my best result of the year so far, so I’m really happy,” said Livran.
Meanwhile, Klomhaus showed her consistency and finished runner-up for the second day in a row. Following Klomhaus were SSCV’s Desrochers in third and Murer in fourth. Megan McGrew from the U.S. Team Academy had a great race and finished in fifth, followed by Aspen’s Wardle in sixth.
For the boys, Radamus was the overall winner of the men’s super G event. Radamus grew up training in the SSCV program and is now racing with the U.S. Team Academy in Park City.
“Everything went well today. It was a fun course and a great setup. Through the team academy I have gotten a ton of opportunities that I haven’t had before. Ski Club Vail is still going to be my home team, but I have been enjoying training with the U.S. Team Academy,” said Radamus.
Kelsey finished second, followed by Lane in third, Prosence in fourth and Freeman in fifth.
The giant slalom races start Thursday on Bear Trap for the women and Friday for the men. Saturday will finish the event off with men and women’s slalom.
Story courtesy of Michael Suleiman/SSCV
Photos by Ted Vickerman and Michael Suleiman