Summit racer golden again
ASPEN The disciplines change, but the names remain the same. Team Summit’s Luc Henri Chevalier won Thursday’s J3 Junior Olympics giant slalom at Aspen Highlands, while Vail independent racer Cooper Cartmill took silver – the same two spots both occupied in Wednesday’s super G.The only variation atop the boys leaderboard came Tuesday, when Cartmill won the opening downhill and Chevalier took the silver.Chevalier won Thursday’s GS by the slimmest of margins, edging Cartmill by .02 seconds with a combined two-run time of 1:58.95. Cartmill had the fastest first run in 58.92 but couldn’t maintain his lead in the afternoon.Dylan Rogers took the bronze in 2:00.63 – his first medal at this year’s Junior Olympics.Chevalier was one of four Summit racers in the top 10. Teammates Ryan Messett, Kegan Zorens and Conor McDonald were all within a second of one another for a 5-6-7 finish.For the first time in three races, no Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club racer cracked the top 10.The top local finisher among the field of 69 was Tyler Nelson in 17th (2:08.72), followed by George Rodney (36th, 2:14.75) and Luke Hemming (41st, 2:15.37). Teammates Ben Capper and Micah Evonitz – a top-10 finisher in downhill and super G – didn’t start the race.The girls run GS today at Highlands’ Thunderbowl, followed by the concluding slalom for boys and girls Saturday. Today’s first GS run is set to begin at 10 a.m.
The Fryingpan River is one of the richest streams in the West, and her net worth is on display in full force right now. Her wealth comes from incredibly diverse insect life, sky-high numbers of fish, and the beauty of the valley she calls home.