Steamboat skiers fill up podium at Grand Mesa |

Steamboat skiers fill up podium at Grand Mesa

— The Nordic skiers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club couldn’t be off to a better start to the season after the weekend’s performance at Grand Mesa.

The team had 11 skiers participate in the two days of competition at the Grand Junction-area event, and all 11 landed on the podium at least once.

Three athletes actually won both their divisions’ skate ski race and its classic race — boys Sven Tate at the U14 level and Evan Weinman at U20 as well as Cara Piske in the girls U20 division.

Three more Steamboat skiers earned first- and a second-place finishes. Lars Hannah was first in the classic race and second in the skate race in the boys U18 division while Jordi Floyd and Kathleen O’Connell traded places atop the podium in the girls U16 class. Floyd won the class race and was second in the skate while O’Connell won the skate and was second in the class.

Evan Barbier won the boys U16 class race, and Simon Zink won that division’s skate race. Tyler Terranova, meanwhile, was third in the classic and second in the skate in that same group.

Gretchen Burkholder was second in the girls U18 skate race while Abbey Habermehl was third.

“The coaching staff could not be more satisfied with the team’s performance,” Winter Sports Club Nordic coach Brian Tate said.

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

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