Skills set Steamboat U10 skiers apart
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club U10 Alpine skiers did just fine when it came to races, racking up wins, podiums and top-10 finishes last weekend at the U10 Championships in Telluride.
It was the results from an event that actually wasn’t a race that had the club’s U10 coach, Deb Armstrong, most excited, however.
A part of the weekend included a skills contest, a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association initiative called SkillsQuests. The idea is to encourage young athletes to develop the foundation of excellent skiing rather that simply going fast.
They’re tested on various skills and judged.
“At this age, there are so many kids who are doing things right, but the speed hasn’t come to them yet,” Armstrong said. “The most telling result of the U10 championships is what happened in SkillsQuest. Our team was just absolutely dominant.”
Most of that dominance came on the boys side, where Steamboat took the top seven spots. Owen Wither was in first, Caman Beauregard second, Adrian Beauregard third, Nicholas Bradford fourth, Kade Lawton fifth, Nolan Laird sixth and Willem Bradford seventh.
Adelyn Armstrong and Merritt Flanigan added strong results on the girls side, too, tying for 10th.
“We are emphasizing multi-discipline skiing, athletic skiing,” Deb Armstrong said. “We do not run as many gates as other programs. We are always in the trees, emphasize having the mountain teach, encouraging our kids to cross-country ski, to ski jump, to be in the moguls. We go to the championships, and we don’t have as many gate miles as other clubs, but our kids are just solid skiers, and I’m so proud of them.”
The team had solid results in the races, too.
Adrian Beauregard won a giant slalom race. Caman Beauregard was second and third in GS and Wither third and 10th.
Caman Beauregard was also third in slalom, Bradford eighth and Adrian Beauregard ninth.
Abby Olson was fourth in GS for the girls, and Katharina Cosby took 10th. Olson was then fourth twice in slalom races, while Cosby was seventh in one and eighth in another.
“It’s confirmation we’re on the right track, and what we’re doing works,” Armstrong said. “We really promote athletic skiing and fundamental skills, and that is the foundation that is going to take the kids the furthest, because fast ski racers are first good skiers.”
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