Club honors 34, celebrates the season
Steamboat Springs — It should be a busy summer for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, not only with its cycling programs, but with construction set to begin on a new ski trail at Steamboat Ski Area, a lighted race and training venue that should only expand options for young local skiing dreamers.
Before any of that begins, however, the club took time last week to reflect on its recently finished season, handing out awards April 15 to recognize the best performances of what was a long and successful season for club skiers.
In a ceremony at Howelsen Hill in Olympian Hall, the club recognized its best.
That included many of the athletes who grabbed headlines all season long.
Logan Sankey was awarded the Bea Kirby Trophy.
Women’s ski jumping is relatively new to the Olympics, and Sankey is among the first Steamboat women to make the U.S. team in the sport, but the Kirby Trophy, recognizing the most improved female Nordic jumper, has been awarded in Steamboat since 1993.
Lars Hannah was given the award for cross country outstanding performance, seemingly an easy choice after he won a national championship at the Junior Nationals competition in California.
In all, 27 athletes, one club member and seven coaches were recognized. Of the coaches, Eric Cates won the Woodside Foundation-Laughlin Coach award, Tracy Riser from award for the snowboard program, Karl Denney from the Nordic combined program, Dr. Bill Philip from the cross country program, Rusty Davison from the Telemark program, Cedar Beauregard from the Alpine skiing program and Bridget Lipman from the freestyle skiing program.
The complete list is as follow:
Bea Kirby Trophy: Logan Sankey
Snowboarding excellence award: Johnny Duty
Cross country outstanding performance award: Lars Hannah
Hobart Freestyle Award: Zach Rosa
Snowboarding outstanding performance award: Ben Larson
Telemark Reipelykkje award: Anthony Tucciarone
Freestyle Coaches Cup: Landon Wendler
Erika Mueller Snowboard Spirit award: Rosie Mancari
Ned Grant Memorial Trophy: Mary Kate Hackworthy and Grant Andrews
Ritter Memorial Courage Cup: Abby Habermehl
Stahly Memorial Award: Avital Shimko
Wilbur Madsen Memorial Award: Lucas Rowse
The Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan Award: Charlie Reisman
Barrett Burch Memorial Trophy: Jeff Sturges and Caroline Fitzgerald
Freestyle Pursuit of Excellence Award: Xander Tatar-Brown
Buddy Werner Bronze: Marissa Drobek and Alex Orozco
Charles Abernathy Memorial “True Grit” award: Billy Winters
Mary C. Magill Memorial Skimeister award: Reid Sias
Chris McNeill Memorial award: Anna Burkholder
Ashley Stamp Memorial award: Raffaela Pietras
The Skeeter Award: Olivia Flake
John Fetcher Honorary Sustaining Member: Laura Foulk
Freeskier Vision Award: Payton McElhiney
Tyler Gooding Memorial Award: Cole Puckett
Woodside Foundation-Laughlin Coach Award: Eric Cates
SSWSC Snowboard Coach of the Year: Tracy Riser
SSWSC Nordic Combined Coach of the Year: Karl Denney
SSWSC Cross County Coach of the Year: Dr. Bill Philip
SSWSC Telemark Coach of the Year: Rusty Davison
SSWSC Alpine Youth Coach of the Year: Cedar Beaurgard
SSWSC Freestyle Coach of the Year: Bridget Lipman
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