Downhill kicks off J3 Junior Olympics |

Downhill kicks off J3 Junior Olympics

ASPEN Though it wasn’t exactly downhill weather, the opening race of this year’s J3 Junior Olympics went off without a hitch Tuesday on Racer’s Edge at Buttermilk.Spring-like temperatures that hung in the mid 50s in the middle of the day and reached a high of 58 made for slower times across the board and some wide gaps in times among the best 13- and 14-year-old skiers in the region. Katherine Ryan was the top local finisher, cruising to sixth place in the girls race in 1 minute, 26.85 seconds – nearly two seconds off the pace of gold medalist Tracie Kronenberger of Winter Park, who won in 1:24.81. Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club teammate Joanna Coffey finished 10th in 1:27.54. AVSC’s other female finishers among the field of 65 were Alexandra Maple (13th, 1:28.90) and Chandler Stapleton (21st, 1:30.29).AVSC’s Micah Evonitz finished ninth in the boys race in 1:23.71, behind gold medalist Cooper Cartmill (1:20.89).The remaining AVSC finishers among the field of 85 were Luke Hemming (32nd, 1:27.19), George Rodney (38th, 1:27.50), Indy Lane (47th, 1:28.59) and Tyler Nelson (58th, 1:30.13).Fourteen racers failed to finish the boys race.

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