Nordic skiers shine on long road trip |

Nordic skiers shine on long road trip

From left, are coach Garrett Fisk, Dan Miller, Annika Belshaw, Niklas Malacinski, Esther DelliQuadri, Lucas Rowse, Peter Rosenthal, Nolan Sankey, Grant Andrews, Decker Dean, Brenden Andrews, Coach Karl Denney, Elijah Vargas, Reid Sias, Erik Belshaw, Bennett Gamber and Canden Wilkinson.
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— It was about more than the performances, Garret Fisk explained.

A pack of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic combined and special jumping athletes spent much of the last three weeks on the road, completing first a circuit through several Midwest ski jumping competitions and, only several days after their return to Steamboat, a weekend of competition in Park City, Utah.

Coach Fisk said the results were great, but that was only a piece of what the team brought back.

“It was a great learning experience,” he said. “That’s the longest most of these kids have been away on a trip by themselves, and it was awesome for these kids to go to the Central division and compete. It’s not like Steamboat or Park City there. Every jump is scaffolding, and they’re 13 stories high and they’re climbing up in the air. It was an awesome experience.”

The team got plenty of solid results, too.

The tour started in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and there Grant Andrews helped lead the way. There, he was second in a Nordic combined racing, skiing up from 10th place. He was then 11th in a tougher competition, a U.S. Cup event, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

There, Bennett Gamber placed 16th in his class while Esther DelliQuadri, the only girl on the larger tour of Steamboaters, placed seventh.

Six more athletes joined the eight who skied in Wisconsin and Minnesota for a competition in Chicago.

There, Dan Miller, a coach for the club, competed in the masters class and won his jumping event. Annika Belshaw placed second in the U16 girls and DelliQuadri was fifth.

Decker Dean was third in a U16 boys jump and Elijah Vargas was fourth. Niklas Malacinski was second in the U12 division and Erik Belshaw was third.

In a U14 division on a smaller hill Annika Belshaw won her event. Bennett Gamber, jumping in a U14 class, was second and Malacinski was third.

Competing in Park City, Shea Sias was first in a girls U10 division, her first competition away from Steamboat’s Wednesday night jump series. In the U10 boys division Cohen Stroock was second.

In the U18 boys division Grand Andrews was first and Peter Rosenthal was third.

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

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