Column: High school ski racers count on Mom and Dad |

Column: High school ski racers count on Mom and Dad

Aspen Times Sports Editor Dale Strode
Nick Massaro Jr. / Special to 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.

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