The Peter J Turko Memorial race took place on a January 14th. The weather was cold and brisk and like Camelback the mountain was still recovering from the conditions created from the rain and sudden cold. Blue Mountain is always a tough start to the season, but the U10/U12 team was up for the challenge and hit that headwall like champs. The team had some excellent races. For the girls, Sophie O'Connor rocked both runs keeping her times consistent and her competition on edge and Sienna Correia in her first year as a U12 gave those older girls a scare climbing into the Top 10 with two solid times. For U10s, Effie Britt gave the U12s a run for the money and Victoria Sarsfield took on the challenging course with a slight bump in her first run but didn't let it get to her and rallied hard for the second run. On the boys side, competition heated up among the U12 PASEF team with Louis Friedrich, Tal Aluf Medina, Alessandro Leardi-Fox, Luke Sarsfield, Sasha Larrabure, Lance Albanese and Hamilton Pederson all hitting the Top 20. Louis ended up strong with a 3rd place finish in the U12 age group. On the U10 side, Curt "Little Fried Rice" Friedrich took on the course with gusto and landed in the Top 15 of all racers with his first run. Overall, it was a great first race and the racers are primed and ready to hit Jack Frost next weekend.
Conditions were grippy at Blue Mountain with fog that affectedvisibility especially on the upper part of the course. We had a few
DNFs on the first run (Avi, Lucca, Lucy, Max and Noah). Everyone came back strong in their second run and skied cleanly and looked great!
Ria finished at the top of our U14 women and was 21st overall just ahead of Jennifer. Tobey had the best PASEF time in the men’s division coming in 17th overall. We are proud of all our athletes! A strong congratulations to those athletes who now have their first race under their belts!
U14 Women Competitors (listed in order of how they finished)
U14 Men Competitors (listed in order of how they finished)
The U10/U12 was off to a foggy, foggy start. but the PASEF team rallied and had a great race! It was the first time many of our racers had traversed a slalom course and they managed those quick turns around gates like champs. First time racers Lynn, Victoria, and Lucca did great. For the girls, Tessa and Effie had a bumpy start on the first run but turned it around had great 2nd runs. On the U10 podium Sienna took 3rd place and then on the U12 podium Jaden took 5th place. For the boys, the real crowd pleaser was Jack Preston who finally conquered the mountain and finished a clean race!
On the podium, the U10 boys swept the podium with Curt Friedrich taking 1st, Tal Aluf Medina taking 4th and Lucas Rao taking 5th.
The freestyle team went to Big Boulder to support Brodie competing in the double Slopestyle event on Saturday.
Brodie did 2 events yesterday and placed 5th overall (out of 10)
He also won the big raffle --- a new snowboard!
Congrats to our U12 team Lucca Correia (5), Kieran O'Connor (17), Dylan Jay (19) and Will Bakos (27)
Top finishes for our U10 team Louis Friedrich (1), Curt Friedrich (3), Sasha Larrabure (9), Alessandro Leardi-Fox and Tal Aluf Medina
Congrats to our U12 women's team Lucy Preston (3), Kara Wilson (4), Ria Chowdry (17), Jaden Cook (21), Jennifer Salemy (22), Grace Corbin (26) and Skyler Ross
Another podium finish for our U10 women's team Sienna Correia (2), Sophie O'Connor (6), Penny Preston (8) and Tessa Corbin (11)
Congrats to Julian Janeczko (14), Avi Loren (16) and Brody Miller on their race
Great results by Grace Lenihan (6), Aly Greenberg (18), Shannon Austin (24) and Genevieve Blumencwejg (25)
Great runs by Grace Lenihan (10), Aly Greenberg (18), Shannon Austin (26), Genevieve Blumencwejg (34) and Sarah Melone (42) this weekend.
Congrats to Brody Miller (6), Julian Janeczko (16), Avi Loren (21) and Tobey Jay (22) on a great race!