Steamboat giant slalom skiers race for the cake
February 8, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Promise a team of teenage giant slalom ski racers a slice of cake, and they just might dominate their competition.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Ben Brown reports his U16and U14 skiers swept the top seven places in their age groups in a Sync Cup giant slalom race Feb. 4 at the All Out Training Venue at Steamboat Ski Area.
"We have good camaraderie out of this group," Brown said. "Anytime we sweep the top five places they get cake. This is the third time this season that the Steamboat U16 racers have taken the top five places at a race."
Steamboat's U16 team was led by first-place finisher Cole Gedeon. Right behind him were Bode Flanigan, second place, Nicholas Unkovskoy, third place, Peter Dohr, fourth place, Phenix Tatge, fifth place, Marat Washburn, sixth place, and Leo Davies, seventh.
Kai Mcguffin came in ninth, James Lahrman was 10th and Jordan Simon finished 12th.
Among the U14 group, Speedy Richeda finished eighth, Colin Kagan was 11th and Jeremy Nolting came in 12th in a field of 60.
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The womens races last weekend were contested in Vail where Steamboat's Helenka Ostaszewski led the way for the Steamboat team in sixth place. Jaelie Hovey finished 10th after putting down the third-fastest second run, and Ryli Adrian finished 11th.
Brown, who believes giant slalom is the foundation of Alpine ski racing, said the quality of the snow surface at the All Out Training Venue this season, combined with the enhanced terrain there, have really made a difference in how his U14 and U16 skiers have progressed.
"The really nice part is the moderate terrain where we can really work on their skiing," he said. "They can actually look to generate speed and really think about their skiing."
The Winter Sports Club skiers continue their "quest for cake" Feb. 15 and 16 in Winter Park. And there's good news – both competitions are giant slalom events.