Skier puts Stamp on accomplishments

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When it comes to talking about her accomplishments on the ski slopes Steamboat's Ashley Stamp is a little reserved.

But the helmet she wears in competition proves that isn't her style when she gets on the racecourse

"This is the first year I've had it," Stamp said of her unique helmet, which has been specially painted by Tango's Custom Airbrush to resemble the face of a Bengal Tiger.

"Most of the other skiers this week think that it's pretty cool," she added.

On Friday, the helmet fit perfectly as Stamp used an aggressive skiing style to attack the racecourse at the Steamboat Ski Area and post solid results.

She raced to both 10th and 16th place finishes in a pair of girls giant slalom races. Her 10th place finish in the second race was the best of the day for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's girls team.

"I just skied really fast. I just wanted to have some fun," Stamp said. "I was hoping to finish in the top 20, so I was really happy when I ended up in the top-10."

Madison Shepard of Timber Ridge Racing won both events.

In the first race, Shepard posted a time of 55.15 seconds to beat Sunnie Elliot of Team Summit who took second.

Hannah Wolf, another Timber Ridge racer, placed third.

The top Steamboat finisher in the first race was Cassady Roberts in 12th at 58.68. Stamp was 16th and Amanda DeVos came in 24th.

"There was a big improvement just from yesterday to today. It was tremendous," Steamboat coach Scott Wither said. "That is all a coach can ask from his skiers."

Wither said that Shepard is a very talented skier and she has proven it this week by dominating both the super-G and giant slalom races.

In the second run Friday, Shepard completed the giant slalom sweep by beating Vail Ski Club's Christa Ghent to the finish line with a time of 55.03. Ghent took second and Wolf captured third.

Stamp led the way for the Steamboat team with her best finish of the week and a time of 58.43. Roberts was 18th and Macy Margolin placed 30th.

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