Steamboat Springs Peter White joked that his biggest concern Friday was tripping on the way up to the podium.
White, a junior at Steamboat Springs High School, won the boys Skimeister award Friday at the Colorado State Skiing Championships. Although the state championships had little bearing on the outcome — the award is determined by regular-season finishes in Alpine and Nordic — the brevity of the moment wasn’t lost on him.
White said he picked up the big trophy and looked at all the names etched into the side.
There were several Steamboat names, including Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic Director Todd Wilson.
“It was cool to see all the names,” White said.
The beauty of the Skimeister is all the work that goes into it. White had practices for one or both sports Monday through Thursday.
On Fridays, it was a long bus trip to an Alpine event. On Saturdays, it would be another bus trip for Nordic.
“It was a lot of early mornings and bus travel,” he said.
White has been doing the Skimeister since his freshman year. He was close to winning as a sophomore but had a few missed giant slalom results.
The goal, though, was to leave little doubt about it this year.
“Peter thrives on the competition part of it,” Nordic coach Emily Lovett said. “He’s a competitive guy and likes to work hard. He made it happen this year. It was his goal of this year, and he was pretty focused on it.”
Dane Dixson was third in the Skimeister, and Matt White was fifth. Ali Pougiales was second in the Skimeister for the Steamboat girls.
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