Steamboat Springs 9-year-old Katherine Harnick crashes during the Winter Carnival street events skijoring competition Saturday. She was being pulled by North Routt rancher Guy Urie.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs 9-year-old Katherine Harnick crashes during the Winter Carnival street events skijoring competition Saturday. She was being pulled by North Routt rancher Guy Urie.

Traditional Winter Carnival street events bring spills and smiles

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic combined athletes Kathleen O'Connell, right, and Dominique Katthain, participate in the three-legged race Saturday during the Winter Carnival street events.

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Steamboat Springs 7-year-old Annika Malacinski tries to hold on Saturday during the skijoring competition.

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Ten-year-old Finn O'Connell, right, and 11-year-old Grant Andrews, both of Steamboat Springs, ski down Lincoln Avenue during the three-legged race Saturday during the Winter Carnival street events. The Nordic combined Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes came in first.

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Nine-year-old Steamboat Springs resident Kristina Steinberg tries to hold on Saturday during the skijoring competition.

Saturday street event results

96th annual Winter Carnival

Street Slalom, ages 10 to 14

1. Malory Hoots

2. Kayla Voeltzel

3. Jonathan Lockhart

Skijoring, ages 6 to 9

1. Annika Malacinski

2. Kristina Steinberg

3. Casey Buchanan

Skijoring, ages 10 to 14

1. Natalie Bohlmann

2. Jasper Good, Malory Hoots (tie)

3. Jenna Kramer

Ring and Box, ages 6 to 9

1. Kyle Kagry

2. Brandon Temple

3. Megan McCurdy

Donkey Jump, ages 6 to 9

1. Cameron Colombo

2. Noel Keefe

3. Anders Brockway

Shovel Race, ages 18 and older

1. Craig Keefe

2. Andy Picking

3. Cody Flower

50-Yard Three-Legged Race, ages 5 to 8

1. Quinn Keefe and Alexa Paoli

2. Lily Starkey and Brooks Birkebine

3. Mac Moody and Genevieve Gray

75-Yard Three-Legged Race, ages 9 to 11

1. Grant Andrews and Finn O'Connell

2. Anna Burkholder and Samantha Terranova

3. Natalie Bohlmann and Jordy Floyd

25-Yard Dash, ages 3 to 5

1. Jack Allering

2. Sage Zetson

3. Soren Brockway

50-Yard Dash, ages 6 to 8

1. Quinn Connell

2. Bennett Gamber

3. Mac Moody

75-Yard Dash, ages 9 to 11

1. Grant Andrews

2. Wilder Gray

3. Tammy Katthian

— When Heather Wilhelm participated in Winter Carnival street events on skis, her childhood favorite was skijoring - being pulled down Lincoln Avenue by a horse at top speed.

"Just as fast as you could go," she said Saturday morning. "I never did the donkey jump; I was too scared."

Too old for the children's events, Heather now participates on horseback with members of her family, and other Routt County ranchers who volunteer their time year after year. Despite reversing her role in the horse events, skijoring remains her favorite for reasons of pure speed, she said.

"Anything we can go fast on, it's like us being a kid again," Heather's father, Lynn Wilhelm, said.

The children racing for ribbons are not the only competitors during street events - the horseback riders' need for speed has become a good-natured contest of its own.

"The only speed requested is 'fast,' " Heather said. "It's kind of a competition between the horse riders."

Dozens of youngsters took their turns at the street events Saturday morning, being cheered on by hundreds of spectators through contests including the ring and box, the three-legged ski race and the donkey jump.

More than a few took spills, pairs of skis occasionally flying off in a tumble into the 400 tons of thick, heavy snow piled on Lincoln Avenue for the occasion.

Skijoring participants Meg O'Connell and Tatum Sear took the towrope sporting a unicorn horn and a tail, which gained them extra style points, Tatum, 12, said.

"Last night we were really excited for today, to just dress up crazy," Tatum said.

"It's good luck," Meg, 13, added.

Meg said skijoring always has been her favorite street event because you just have to hold on and enjoy the ride.

"You don't have to focus on anything - getting a ring in a box, going off a jump - you just go fast," Meg said, snacking on post-race milkshakes and french fries on the sidewalk.

The girls also costumed up Friday, where they got a headstart celebrating Winter Carnival at Steamboat Ski Area.

"Yesterday, we went on the mountain just celebrating Winter Carnival. It's my favorite time of year, even more than Christmas," Meg said.

Comments

Matt Stensland 5 years, 2 months ago

Katherine Harnick's name was misspelled in the photo caption. The caption on the Web site has been corrected.

Matt Stensland Photojournalist Steamboat Pilot & Today 1901 Curve Plaza P.O. Box 774827 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 mstensland@steamboatpilot.com 970-871-4247

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JustSomeJoe 5 years, 2 months ago

Hey Editor - the jerk store called, they are all out of you. Out of all the pictures you could put on the front page, you decide to stigmatize a 9 year who takes a tumble? And you get her name wrong, although corrections seem to be a regular occurence in the Pilot lately.

I wonder if she will get out there next year after the grief she gets Monday. Hopefully she's mature enough to handle it. I'd understand it if you put the picture of the horserider that fell in skijoring, but a 9 year old? Stick to babies and dogs on the front page, would you?

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GearyBaxter 5 years, 2 months ago

Great picture, Matt! I am sure it will be treasured for years to come by Katherine. By the way, my name has ALWAYS been misspelled in papers all over the world from the time I was a youngster. You learn to put it in perspective.

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Carrie Requist 5 years, 2 months ago

I was surprised that the picture was chosen since it is so un-indicative of street events. Very FEW falls, really no injuries, just lots of fun and happy kids. When I think of street events, the spills are the exception to the rule.

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