The ride to the World Cup
March 8, 2004
After spending more than a week on the road with some of Steamboat Springs’ top snowboarders, Pro-Am coach Thedo Remmelink was a bit tired when the van pulled into the Howelsen Hill parking lot Saturday.
But you couldn’t sense it in his voice Monday when he talked about his team’s results at a pair of Race for the Cup events in Crystal Mountain or a World Cup event in Mount Bachelor, Ore.
“The Race for the Cup was great for our team, and the World Cup was just a great experience for our riders,” Remmelink said.
The team’s week began with a parallel giant slalom March 1 and the first notable finish of the week for the Winter Sports Club.
Justin Reiter won the event to guarantee a World Cup start later in the week. Steamboat’s Tyler Jewell was sixth, David Manthei placed 12th, Darren Ratcliffe was 11th and Vick Wild placed 15th. Erica Mueller was seventh in the women’s event.
Steamboat enjoyed more strong results in a parallel slalom March 2. Jewell was second, Reiter was fourth, Manthei was sixth and Josh Wiley was eighth. Wild (11th), Ratcliffe (15th) and Adam Casanova (16th) also placed in the top 20. Mueller was ninth in the women’s event.
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The Crystal Mountain events were a warm up for the week’s biggest event, a World Cup parallel giant slalom in Oregon.
Remmelink said his young team showed well at the event but came away with more experience than top-10 finishes.
“I was happy that most of our riders made it through both qualifying rounds,” Remmelink said. “I think they will all grow from the experience.”
Mueller was the top Steamboat woman in the field of 32 international riders. She placed 23rd in the event. The event was won by Switzerland’s Daniela Meuli.
American Stacia Hookom of Edwards was the top American in sixth place. Former Steamboat rider Michelle Gorgone was ninth and current Winter Sports Club rider Ashley Nice was 31st.
Heinz Inniger, of Switzerland, won the men’s event, which included 40 riders. Steamboat’s Reiter was 26th, Jewell was 32nd, Manthei was 33rd and Vick Wild placed 36th.
Remmelink said he was very happy with the way his team performed at the event and was thrilled to see Mueller and Reiter earn berths to the final World Cup event of the season in Bardonecchia, Italy. The site will host the Olympic events in 2006.