McKinstry, Gay named tele national champions |

McKinstry, Gay named tele national champions

They’d both been to the top before, but it was still sweet for Steamboat Springs Telemark skiers Madi McKinstry and Jeffrey Gay earlier this month when they each claimed championships at the U.S. Telemark National Championships races at Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs.
 McKinstry emerged as the top women’s racer for the fourth time. It was Gay’s second national championship.

“One of the keys to my success is skiing consistently,” Gay said in a news release. “One of my main focuses was to make the jump line, landing, and ski clean on the whole. Probably the biggest challenge was not over-edging. It was very soft, because it was so warm, and was very easy to put too much pressure on the edges and loose speed. It was great to be skiing with everyone that competed at this event.”

McKinstry is a junior at Montana State University and Gay a senior at University of Colorado.

Two more Steamboaters lined up right behind McKinstry and Gay.

Lyta Foulk was second on the women’s side while Tanner Visnick was second on the men’s. 
Foulk and McKinstry dominated the women’s races. Foulk won the first event then placed second in three more. McKinstry was second in the first one then went undefeated through the final four.

“I went into the week of nationals planning to enjoy myself and have fun with my fellow teammates. I am happy to say that’s exactly what happened,” Foulk said. “I have always loved nationals, and it is not just about competing for the national title for me. I love getting the chance to hang out with all my teammates from around the U.S. and just have fun. It’s like a family reunion.”

Visnick won three of five events but a fall and a 10th-place finish in the first one was costly. Gay won two but never finished below third.

“I walked away with two classic victories and second place overall at U.S. Nationals. I wanted badly to stand on top of the podium, but I couldn’t be happier how the weekend ended,” Visnick said in a news release. “Ski racing can be difficult, unfair and gut wrenching, but with every rough experience comes a good one. This may not have been my year, but if I keep fighting, I am sure that our day, I will come out on top.”

Sarah Carley and Cory Snyder wrapped up the weekend’s overall podium, each placing third.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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