Week in Review: December 26
Eric Hays Memorial
For the final day of racing at the Eric Hays Memorial, seven girls broke the top 30 in the ladies’ giant slalom field of 65. Marit Kaiser finished ninth, Cailin Chandler 19, Emma MacGuffie 20, Ella Kopplin 25, Logan Lindstrom 26, Carly Walther-Porino 29, Falon Hanna 30.
In the men’s race, top results came from Matt O’Connor in fifth, Charlie Lamb seventh, Buey Grossman eighth, Charlie Snyder 18, Max Moss 22 and Johannes Liaboe 30.
FIS athletes competed at Steamboat in a short series that included night racing under the lights. Top results came from Lily Fitzgerald in 14 and Skylar Cooley in 20 in the ladies’ slalom on December 20, and from Erin Smith in the slalom on December 22 – Erin Smith finished 14. Alum Tanner Farrow, who now skis for the University of Denver, finished ninth in the men’s slalom on both December 21 and 22.
Luke Rizzo and Rainey Wilson wrapped up competition at U.S. Selections – stay tuned, as U.S. Ski and Snowboarding has not yet released updates on qualified athletes.
Coming up the first week of January:
Cross country Comp, PG and Gold Team athletes start making moves to Anchorage, Alaska this weekend for a week of racing at U.S. Nationals, January 3-8. For Gold Team athletes, these are important races in terms of qualifying for international events (including the Winter Olympics). The moguls Travel Team goes to Snowbird January 6-7 for Bumpin’ at the Bird, and alpine IMD athletes have an IMD U14 qualifier at Jackson.