Steamboat’s Beauregard, Olson wrap up incredible championship week with giant slalom wins
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Adrian Beauregard went into the Rocky Central Division U16 Alpine Championships with healthy standards of himself.
“I just wanted to come to championships and do my best,” he said. “I wasn’t really looking for nationals.”
Turns out, his best was the best.
After one run, Beauregard sat in first place. He waited for his turn to speed down All Out at Steamboat Resort, while a tough section of the course took out some of his toughest competition. Beauregard was warned that a series of gates had caused some skiers to get too low, and spit out a few others. Not only would Beauregard have to navigate the section, he’d have to do it faster than anyone else if he wanted the win.
“In my head, I’m already at the bottom with the victory,” Beauregard said. “You have to push all the way down.”
Not only did Beauregard win the giant slalom race on Friday, March 11, but he also won the super-G and Alpine combined races. He also finished third in the downhill race.
In slalom, he had the second-fastest first run, but got disqualified in his second run, dashing hopes of standing on the podium in every event.
Beauregard was the only Steamboat man to stand on the podium, but teammate Curtis Zanni picked up a pair of fourth-place finishes in downhill and super-G. Caspian Troan, who is skiing in Steamboat but is originally from Norway, finished fourth in slalom and fifth in giant slalom.
Caman Beauregard, the younger of the Beauregard twins, had a fifth-place finish in slalom. He was hoping to continue his success in the technical events in giant slalom and found himself in 15th after one run. He gave it everything he had in the second run, putting him in 12th. In a field of 50-plus racers, 12th is great, but Caman considered it “far back” in the pack.
“In that situation you have to give it everything you have,” he said. “It’s kind of difficult to be back there. It’s the mindset of knowing you have it in you and you’re able to win.”
The women’s giant slalom race also ended with a Steamboat skier on top.
Abby Olson had the fastest time in the first run, but that didn’t make her feel very safe. The top four racers were all within 0.06 seconds of each other. Olson couldn’t hold anything back.
“With how close everyone was that run, which was tight, my plan was just to attack and do my best,” Olson said. “If I don’t quite get fast enough, oh well.”
Noelle Roth was in a similar position as Olson in giant slalom. She had the second-fastest time going into the second run. She skied hard, but skied out. Roth had a couple DNFs on result sheets this week, but also had multiple podiums. She finished second in downhill and third in slalom. She was a big help in the Steamboat girls having someone on the podium in every event except super-G.
“That’s pretty awesome,” Roth said. “We work hard as a team and as individuals. I think that’s pretty sweet that we have podiumed almost every time.”
In downhill, Steamboat girls swept the podium as Mollie McTigue won, Roth took second and Olson earned third. McTigue also got third in Alpine combined.
Olson ended the week with four podiums. The giant slalom win, the third-place finish in downhill as well as second-place finishes in Alpine combined and slalom.
Now that she knows how well she can do, she has high expectations for nationals.
“I think I probably have high standards for nationals,” Olson said. “Hopefully top threes in my events.”
To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.
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