SSWSC performs well at qualifier

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Traditionally, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club takes a huge chunk of the 80 Junior Olympic Alpine skiing spots in the Rocky Mountain Division.

The results are in from the first weekend of J3 qualifying races in Keystone, and it appears as if the Winter Sports Club once again will be represented well.

Lane Shipley, 15, decisively won super-G races Saturday and Sunday.

Shipley started his first race Saturday in 92nd because he missed seeding runs as a result of his stay at the U.S. Ski Team camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

It mattered little to Shipley, who recovered from his late arrival to win the Saturday super-G by 2.13 seconds. On Sunday, Shipley won by 3.15 seconds -- an eternity in ski racing.

Winter Sports Club J3 coach Terry DelliQuadri said Shipley's top finishes will give him the No. 1 seed heading into the Junior Olympics in March in Winter Park;.

Teammate Priska Sorensen, 14, is headed to the March Junior Olympics, as well. She finished second behind independent skier Alice McKennis in both super-G races.

Sorensen's times each day would have placed her among the top 10 in the boys' races, DelliQuadri said.

Other top finishers in the first JO qualifier of the season included Dylan Roberts (fifth and sixth), Jenny Allen (seventh and 11th), Lauren Letson (10th and ninth), and Anabelle McLean (17th and 13th).

The Junior Olympics consists of a week of Alpine races: downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.

The qualification system includes two weekends of racing and a total of six runs. The best two finishes count toward a spot on the RMD team. The next JO qualifiers are slalom and giant slalom races Feb. 15 and 16 in Winter Park, site of the Junior Olympics.

DelliQuadri said several other Winter Sports Club athletes positioned themselves well in the opening weekend but haven't locked JO spots because several races remain. Those athletes are Ramsey Bernard, Taylor Coe, Sean Forney, Ian Landy, Wiley Thayer and Jace Wirth.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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