Three AVSC skiers crack top 4 at the J3 junior championships
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colo. – Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club athletes got off to a fast start Tuesday at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Rocky/Central J3 Junior Championships.
Skier Sky Kelsey sped to victory in the downhill at Vail, finishing just ahead of teammate Tristan Lane. Luke Prosence missed out on a podium spot by a mere .25 seconds, settling for fourth.
“It was a huge day for our skiers,” said Pat Callahan, the club’s alpine J3 coach. “Sky was in a league of his own. He was more aggressive and confident than anyone else out there.”
Kelsey negotiated the course – one Callahan described as “short but fast and difficult” that featured two jumps that launched competitors some 60 to 80 feet each time – in 45.98 seconds.
Lane secured his spot on the podium with a clean, fast effort, Callahan said.
“Tristan’s been skiing well all week, and he ironed out all his mistakes from training and put together a flawless run when it counted,” the coach added.
Prosence’s effort was “the story of the day,” according to Callahan.
“He’s suffered some bad luck with crashes and losing skis, but he was very confident today to the point that he said to me before the race that he would finish fourth,” the coach recalled.
Two AVSC female racers posted top-20 finishes in a field of 81. Quincy Dollahan and Galena Wardle wound up 15th and 16th, respectively.
“Quincy always skis on the edge, but she has a knack for finding speed by letting her skis run,” Callahan said. “Galena’s technically very sound, and she’s off to a good start this week. Stay tuned for more from her.”
Dolores Sharaf, who qualified for the championships by winning four of six races at the recent Council Cup at Ski Cooper, finished 70th.
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