SSWSC picks up podiums

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Two podiums in Wednesday's super-G races gave Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers a reason to celebrate at the J-3 Junior Olympic Championships in Vail.

"These are exceptional results for these racers in such a strong field," coach Terry DelliQuadri said.

Highlighting the second day of the Rocky/Central J-3 Junior Olympic Championships were Taylor Coe's second-place and Ryan McConnell's third-place finishes. Cody Unicome of Ski Club Vail won the race.

"These are great results when you consider that Ryan is a first-year J-3 and a year younger than many of the top racers in the field," DelliQuadri said.

Michael Lyon was 26th, Nelson Kane was 27th, Hig Roberts was 31st, Josh Fix was 32nd, Andrew White was 61st, Jordie Bernard was 68th, and Jace Wirth was 70th.

Vikki Brown was the top Steamboat finisher in the women's race, helping her capture the "Bibbo Award" for the second-straight day. The Bibbo award goes to the skier who improves the most from his or her start position to his or her final position in the race.

On Tuesday, Brown moved from the 55th starting position to 11th in the downhill standings. She repeated her performance in Wednesday's super-G by moving from 55th in the start order to 17th overall.

The only other Steamboat finisher was Jorid Halsnes in 40th. Vail's Christa Ghent won the race.

The results were good news after a relatively slow start in Tuesday's downhill, when John Kemp of the Crested Butte Aca-demy and Madison Shepard of Winter Park captured titles.

The top Steamboat finishers in the downhill were Brown in 11th and Wirth in 14th. Other results included Cassady Roberts' 23rd, Halsnes' 41st, Jimmy Hostetler's 18th, Taylor Coe's 19th, Ryan Coe's 26th, McConnell's 27th, Kane's 32nd, Max Marno's 34th, Lyon's 46th, Bernard's 54th, and Hig Roberts' 55th.

"We're looking for better skiing to come," DelliQuadri said. 'The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is stronger in the technical events of giant slalom and slalom."

However, Steamboat only had two women (Cassady Roberts suffered a mild concussion in Wednesday's race) in Thursday's giant slalom.

Brown raced to a 24th-place finish, and Halsnes placed 27th. Shepard picked up her second straight victory.

DelliQuadri was optimistic about today's men's giant slalom and Saturday's slalom events.

Fifteen members of the Winter Sports Club are competing in the races. The top young racers in the Central and Rocky Mountain divisions make up the fields of 96 men and 64 women.

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