Steamboat Springs’ slaloming Seymour siblings make U.S. ski squad
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Sure, Steamboat’s Seymour brothers dreamed of a day when all three might be on the U.S. Ski Team, traveling the world and racing as both partners and competitors.
Jett Seymour first made the squad last year, but even Trey Seymour didn’t expect this to be the year two members of the family made the cut.
Filling out a list of pre-season goals, he had to be goaded by Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine coach Ryan Wilson to include “make the U.S. team.”
He included it and Friday, he realized it, both Trey and Jett were named to the U.S. Ski Team’s development team.
They were among the 41 skiers listed as a part of four levels of the U.S. team.
“The Seymours are starting to make their presence known,” Jett said. “It’s one of the cooler things I’ve heard in awhile.”
Jett, 19 years old, just finished a successful season doubling up as a freshman on the NCAA national championship ski team at University of Denver and serving on the U.S. Ski Team’s C team.
Trey, 17 years old, is coming off the best season of his career, one highlighted by a fifth-place finish in giant slalom at the National Junior Championships in Sun Valley Resort, Idaho.
Chase, also 17 years old and Trey’s twin, has only been held back in recent seasons by a back injury and is coming off a strong winter of skiing of his own.
“Everyone knows he’s such a good skier, and we have no doubt he’ll get here once he’s able to ski more,” Trey said.
For Trey, the payoff is really the result of year after year of round-the-calendar work, of seasons of solid finishes, but it seemed to be the result of one run on one day, that National Junior Championship at Sun Valley.
He entered the race with the No. 18 seed and had moved up to No. 11 after the first run.
His second run very much demonstrated the “Seymour style,” the way all three brothers have turned heads despite lacking the typical size and strength of most U.S. Ski Team contenders.
Jett is 5 feet 9 inches and Trey and Chase are each 5-7.
Without the body mass and height to hurl themselves down the hill, they’ve learned to focus on the technical events, slalom and giant slalom, and to let their finely tuned skiing fundamentals make up for what they lack.
“It was a really nice day, very sunny, and the course was rough,” Trey said. “It’s a pretty difficult hill and that’s why it favored a guy like me, who isn’t necessarily big and strong but who’s a technically good skier.”
He recorded the fastest time in the field on his second run, and it wasn’t long after that he got a call giving him a heads up about the news that was made official Friday.
He’d made the U.S. team.
It won’t change life much in the short term for the junior at Steamboat Springs High School. He’ll still be based out of Steamboat and do most of his competing and training with the Winter Sports Club, but he’ll also get to train with the U.S. team at several camps both in the United States and abroad. That will be most valuable early in the season, when training is very limited and the U.S. team has dibs for the most runs.
And he’ll get to do it with his big brother.
“He’s the one I’ve always looked up to since I started skiing,” Trey said. “You always think of him being this amazing skier, so it’s an honor to be able to be on the same team with him, to ski with him, and it’s pretty cool to have two of us from the same family on the team at the same time.”
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