It was a very successful weekend for SVSEF athletes at the U16 Western Region Junior Championships, which SVSEF hosted at Sun Valley over four days, March 14-17. The event drew 160 top U16 athletes from across the Western Region. Seven boys and seven girls represented SVSEF at the event, having qualified through Intermountain Cup races throughout the season. This was a few more SVSEF participants than last year, but more significant than that was the impressive number of SVSEF athletes who were able to break the top 20 in their races. Many SVSEF skiers stacked results in the top 10 or 15, day after day. Overall rankings from all races combined were based on the World Cup points system; SVSEF took a staggering four of the six top overall spots for the event, with Ryder Sarchett winning overall for men, Nathan Gowe finishing third, Dasha Romanov first for women and Marit Kaiser second. This is the first time in awhile that a male and female from the same club have taken the overall championship at this event.
Throughout the week, there was really great consistency from individual SVSEF athletes, and the whole group as a team throughout the weekend. “We’re super proud of all of the athletes who competed,” said SVSEF Alpine USSA Head Coach Chuck Harris. “We had a couple weeks in February with lots of powder skiing, but our skiers were dedicated and disciplined; they kept coming back and putting in the work, and it really showed this past weekend.”
Thanks to partners Atkinsons’ Market, Apple’s Bar & Grill, Sun Valley Company, Sun Valley Community School, Sun Valley Ski Academy and Goat Pro Idaho for their support in putting on this event.
Thanks to Ray J Gadd, Tim Carter and Jim Grossman for their contributions.