Steamboat skiers’ 1st day at state ‘a little frustrating’

Nordic athletes hope for turnaround today

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Steamboat Springs High School competed in Nordic classic skiing and the giant slalom Alpine races of the state competition Thursday, but the teams didn’t get the results they had hoped for.

In classic, the girls team finished sixth of 12 schools, and the boys finished 11th of 14 in Frisco. In giant slalom at Keystone, the girls team finished fifth in a field of 13 teams, and the boys came in seventh of 13 teams.

The skiers weren’t pleased with the outcome, Nordic coach Emily Lovett said. The competition continues today with skate skiing in Frisco.

Events were “a little frustrating, a little disappointing, but we’re ready to turn it around tomorrow,” Lovett said Thursday evening. “We’re actually a little stronger in skate.”

The girls had to rush from their Alpine event to the Nordic event and had little time to warm up, Lovett said. For the boys team, wax was an issue.

“It’s pretty important to get the waxing right on to get the right glide and the right kick, and the boys we were a little off,” she said.

In the girls classic race, Linnea Dixson had the best finish at 10th. Martha Anderson was 18th, Mallory Hoots was 21st and Eva Lambeck was 23rd. In the boys classic race, Jack Burger was 24th, Asher Rhode was 31st and Wilber Ranieri was 35th.

In Alpine giant slalom for the Steamboat girls, Suzanne Lyon finished eighth, Megan Rosa finished 17th, Dixson finished 18th, Hoots finished 42nd and Anderson finished 44th.

On the boys side for Steamboat, Alec Schaffer had the best finish at 22nd, Erik Powers finished 30th, Matthew Dennis finished 35th, Dane Dixson finished 40th, Jeffrey Gay finished 45th and Ryan Hogrefe finished 50th.

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