Serina Kidd leads Steamboat skiers in strong weekend of racing
January 26, 2014
Steamboat Springs — On Friday, Serina Kidd made it difficult. On Sunday, she made it easy. The results were same, though. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier dominated this weekend in a Colorado Ski Cup event in Steamboat, especially in the two slalom races at Howelsen Hill.
She won on Friday, coming from eighth after the first run in a slalom race, then again Sunday, when she had a little more breathing room.
"Today, after Friday, I didn't want to be doing the chasing," Kidd said. "I just went for it both runs."
Kidd said she was tentative in Friday's first run, figuring a home-hill advantage would put her at the top of the results. She realized that wasn't the case, however, and had the one of fastest times in every slalom run the rest of the weekend. She laid it on heavy on Friday's second run, taking the risks she needed to in order to catch up.
On Sunday, she found a balance between safe and fast, skiing with confidence and power down the face of Howelsen.
"On Friday, on my second run, there were some close calls, some sketchy spots, but today was just really consistent," she said.
Kidd was tied after the first run Sunday, with a time of 43.62 seconds. She skied in at 44.42 seconds on her second run, the second-best time, giving her a 0.85-second advantage overall.
Her victory Friday earned her the overall leaders jersey for the series, but the weight of that label didn't slow her.
Kidd was joined this weekend with multiple podium performances by Steamboat skier Zak Kjos, who had three strong days in the U18 category.
He was fourth Friday — 17th overall in a large field of U21 skiers — thanks in part to logging the fourth-fastest time of the day in the second run. He was 24th overall and second among U18 skiers in a Saturday giant slalom contest at Steamboat Ski Area. Back at Howelsen on Sunday, he was 13th overall and second among U18 skiers.
"This weekend, Zak did what he does every single day," Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club alpine director Deb Armstrong said. "He's just an extremely disciplined athlete. Because of that discipline, he has a lot of consistency with his results, and that showed through this weekend."
Steamboat got other strong finishes Sunday from Devin de Jong, 16th overall and third in U18, Jesse Laughlin, 23rd, Parker Temple, 35th, and Keegan Millard, 40th.
On Saturday, Chandler Sedberry led Steamboat's skiers with a podium-worthy performance. She was fourth overall in the GS and third among U18 skiers.
Kidd was sixth in that race, Mackenzie Gansmann ninth, Ellese Lupori 19th, Jill Jennerjahn 24th, Torey Brooks 38th, Perri Meeks 42nd, Marnie Buckley 44th and Olivia Rudolph 46th.
On the guys side, David Kidd was 43rd and Temple 55th.
On Sunday, Sedberry followed up her strong Saturday with a ninth-place overall finish — sixth in U18. Lupori was 10th, Sara Gezon 23rd, Gansmann 24th, Brooks 25th, Jennerjahn 30th, Meeks 36th and Buckley 37th.
Results strong across the state
The Winter Sports Club's Alpine program turned in strong results this weekend far and wide.
At a Thursday super-G in Beaver Creek, Jett Seymour led the way in the U16 division, finishing fourth. Andrew McCawley was 10th.
At a U16 GS in Vail on Saturday, Jazlyn Lynch was eighth while Taylor Olson was sixth for the girls and Cole Puckett ninth for boys in a U14 super-G in Breckenridge.
Again in Breckenridge on Sunday, Puckett was third and Trey Seymour sixth.
Competing at Sunlight Mountain Resort, U12 and U10 racers had success, as well.
At the U12 level, Cooper Puckett led the way with two first-place finishes. Bode Flanigan was second and seventh and Nico Richeda fourth and fifth.
Among U10 racers, Spencer Richeda was first in one race, Max Rotermund sixth, Luke Olson and Cade Gedeon both 10th once and Caroline Gilchrist, in a girls race, seventh.