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Sailors’ skiers set for state

State-bound Sailors

Nordic

Tate Dixson

Riley Brodie

Tanner Richard

Peter Myller

Ben Lingle

Micah Gibbons

Lauren Requist

Natalie Bohlmann

Katie Brodie

Lindsey Adler

Mariah Hoots

McKenzie Millard

Eliza Leeson

Alpine

Paige VanArsdale

McKenzie Millard

Lindsey Adler

Mariah Hoots

Riley Brodie

Micah Gibbons

Rio Grabb

Channing Conner

— At times, skiers and coaches can point to the steep pitch of Howelsen Hill and cite it as a disadvantage. Sure, training on that slope is a benefit when racing there, but how much does that help when racing elsewhere, on slopes that are so often more mellow, softer and safer?

Having Howelsen as a home hill could come in handy this weekend, Steamboat Springs High School Alpine skiing coach Jim Winn said, as the team sets off to race in the state championships on a particularly steep course at Keystone.

“That won’t phase our kids,” Winn said. “Training on Howelsen Hill, on a hard, steep slope, will definitely help.”



The Sailors are sending a big batch of kids to state — eight on the Alpine side and 13 in Nordic skiing with five skiers competing in both.

Tate Dixson, Riley Brodie, Tanner Richard, Peter Myller, Ben Lingle, Micah Gibbons, Lauren Requist, Natalie Bohlmann, Katie Brodie, Lindsey Adler, Mariah Hoots, McKenzie Millard and Eliza Leeson all qualified in Nordic.



Millard, Adler, Hoots, Brodie, Gibbons, Rio Grabb, Channing Conner and Paige VanArsdale are all competing in Alpine.

The squad has good chances on both ends of the skiing spectrum.

Nordic coach Harry Niedl is optimistic heading into the finale of his first season coaching the program.

“I’m hoping for some top-10 finishes,” Niedl said.

His team is a mix of experienced athletes who’ve raced regularly with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for years and newcomers to the sport. Some of both will make the trip to state.

“Our non-club skiers, they just keep improving unbelievably,” Niedl said. “They just keep moving forward.”

The event kicks off Thursday morning with a giant slalom race on the Upper Go Devil and Richter runs at Keystone.

The skate-skiing Nordic interval start race begins at 3 p.m. at Frisco Nordic Center.

The slalom leads the way Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Richter. The Nordic mass-start classic race will then wrap things up from the Frisco Nordic Center at 3 p.m.

The event is focused on team scoring, with the top three finishers per team in each race counting toward the team’s score.

Steamboat also has a strong presence in the skimeister race, which awards the top athletes who are competing in both Alpine and Nordic disciplines.

Millard and Adler will both figure into the girls skimeister race while Gibbons is a factor on the boys side.

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


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