Steamboat skier McKinstry racks up wins at Telemark event |

Steamboat skier McKinstry racks up wins at Telemark event

Telemark Nationals finish up today

Steamboat Springs Telemark skier Tanner Visnick enjoys the view on Saturday during a Telemark classic race at Steamboat Ski Area. The U.S. Telemark National Championships wrap up today with another race on Mount Werner, a two-run giant slalom set to begin at about 10 a.m.

— Steamboat Springs skier Madi McKinstry entered this year's U.S. Telemark National Championships hoping to prove she was among the best Telemark skiers in the nation, but she had just one top finish at a previous national championship.

Now, heading into the final day of the four-day event, she's one race from a feat even she couldn't have imagined. After racking up another win Saturday — she took first in a Telemark classic race at Steamboat Ski Area — McKinstry is one win from sweeping this year's four-race championships.

"It's been pretty awesome," McKinstry said. "I've never done this well. Finally all my hard work is paying off."

McKinstry recorded the fastest time among the women, finishing the long course in 1 minute, 43.63 seconds. She was the only skier in her division to avoid any penalties and won with a comfortable margin ahead of second-place Zoe Taylor and third-place Annecy Hillmuth.

"It was a pretty fun course after we got the new snow off of it," McKinstry said. "It was a little sketchy but pretty fun."

Shane Anderson won on the men's side for the second consecutive day, skiing that "sketchy course" better than anyone else.

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The track stretched down the Sitz and See Me trails, but this wasn't your everyday race. Skiers cut through a field of giant slalom gates to a jump if they landed successfully and then they cut through more GS gates before being diverted into a tight banked turn. They then had to traverse cross-country style several hundred yards across the ski mountain and all the way back before knocking off one final section of GS gates.

Anderson tore it up while many top

competitors struggled. He cut tight around the gates, floated far on the jump and sped fast on the skate.

"It was a tough course. It had a few tricks. You had to be prepared and ready to adapt," Anderson said. "It was really fun. Everyone's skiing fast this year, so it's tough."

Anderson's time was 1:30.5. He picked up a 1-second penalty on his jump and edged Charlie Dresen, who was second after a clean run. He finished 0.33 seconds back. Jeffrey Gay was third.

The National Championships wrap up today with a giant slalom race starting at about 9:30 a.m. on the Sitz and See Me trails. The event is similar to Saturday's in that there's a mid-course jump. The 360-degree turn and long skate-skiing section will be removed, however.

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U.S. Telemark National Championships classic results


1. Madi McKinstry, 103.63

2. Zoe Taylor, 110.36

3. Annecy Hillmuth, 110.64

4. Erika Walters, 110.96

5. Maggie Doherty, 112.45

6. Katie Ross, 133.06


1. Shane Anderson, 91.50

2. Charlie Dresen, 91.88

3. Jeffrey Gay, 92.21

4. Cory Snyder, 93.76

5. Drew Hauser, 96.80

6. Josh Lanzetta, 99.54

7. Tommy Gogolen, 99.86

8. Andy Minier, 101.50

9. Garrett Long, 102.97

10. Birk Larson, 103.25

11. Cole Schneider, 104.59

12. Rick Walters, 107.15

13. Chris Henery, 107.24

14. Joseph Fetherolf, 111.72

Girls U13

1. Lyta Foulk, 128.14

2. Carolyn Walters, 129.10

3. Farli Boden, 138.41

Boys U13

1. Hill Fitzgerald, 133.99

2. Matthew Resignolo, 139.84

Boys U17

1. Jack Rosenthal, 141.67

Women’s Citizen

1. Maura Connolly, 142.64

2. Michelle Taylor, 154.6 3

Men’s Citizen

1. Erik Powers, 108.81

2. Scott Edgerton, 111.91

3. Larry Bosche, 117.52

4. Kenneth Taylor, 117.91

5. George Clark, 122.84

6. Tim Boden, 128.32

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