Column: High school ski racers count on Mom and Dad
The Aspen Times
Congratulations to the ski racers who competed in the Colorado high school state championships last weekend in Aspen.
First, second, next-to-last or last, congratulations to all.
Congratulations, too, to the parents of the high school ski racers who qualified for and participated in the prep state championships.
More than in any other high school sport, parents must play a more active role in their student-athlete’s skiing — Nordic or alpine. A more time-consuming role, especially considering the added travel time required with the complications of Glenwood Canyon.
That’s one big reason so many parents come out to support their children-skiers — in person — at a championship event like the recent CHSAA state finals in Aspen.
And don’t think that’s lost in the sensory-overloaded world of a teenager.
“I have to thank my dad, my parents for their support out here.”
Battle Mountain High School senior Quintin Cook had just won his second gold medal of the 2016 state championships, taking first place in the Friday slalom after winning the GS a day earlier.
“They helped me a lot.”
“A big thanks to them.”
Chris and Sheryl Cook, proud parents, were right there watching, just out of range of their son’s media interviews in the finish area.
Obviously well-traveled as parents of a ski racer — imagine the miles.
Not to mention the skis, the boots, the bindings, the poles, the helmets, the …
And the Cooks were far from alone this weekend at the state high school championships, held at Aspen Highlands and on the cross-country trails adjacent to Aspen High School.
Parents like the Bohlmanns from Steamboat Springs. They came to Aspen this week to watch senior daughter Natalie and freshman son Murphy, both Nordic skiers.
And the Copes from Battle Mountain.
They also came to Aspen to watch their young ski racers compete against the state’s best.
The Aspen parents were there, too, in great numbers, volunteering in every phase of the state championships — with a proud eye on their kids.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Buttermilk Ski Area already is scheduled to host the world’s best at ESPN’s X Games this coming week, while it was recently announced Aspen Highlands will host alpine skiing’s NorAm finals later this spring.