Winter Sports Club still rolling

Steamboat skiers share spot on podium


— It was another good day for the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's women's Alpine racing team at the Steamboat Ski Area Friday.

"It was terrific," Alpine director Tony Nunnikhoven said. "All of the girls on our team had a good showing."

Two Steamboat racers joined giant slalom winner Katie Beardsley of Vail on the podium following the completion of the final women's race of the week.

Beardsley led both runs of the event and finished with a time of 2 minutes, 13.60 seconds.

She held off Steamboat's Heidi Hillenbrand en route to the top stair of the podium in the second giant slalom of the week. Hillenbrand was second in both runs and finished with a time of 2:14.99.

Her teammate Christine Roberts was third with a time of 2:15.06. It was the second day in a row Roberts has placed second, despite starting well back in the field of racers.

Roberts started Friday's race in the No. 39 spot.

Steamboat's Emily Colin, who was leading after the first run, had to hike after missing a gate on her second trip through. She placed 27th in the final results.

"She was having a good run but just got a little behind as she made her way down," Nunnikhoven said. "She had to hike a ways, which really hurt. But she had a great week anyway."

Other top local finishers in Friday's giant slalom race included Madeline Mclean in 20th, Katie Conrath in 31st, Savina Machovsky in 38th, Tracy Jones in 39th and Rebecca Herman in 43rd.

Steamboat's Christine Callahan, Hanna Ilic and Jenna Cesolini did not start the race. Brittany Bahle did not finish.

The race was the fourth FIS-sponsored race of the week and the fifth in the past five days for the 70 women racers who came to Steamboat.

Colin won the overall points award for the women despite Friday's finish. The men's overall winner will be determined after this weekend's races at Mount Werner.

Today will be the men's turn to hit the giant slalom racecourse on the steep pitches of Mount Werner's Sitz/See Me.

The men will compete in giant slalom races at 10 a.m. both today and Sunday.


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