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MRST wins three U12 team titles

WENATCHEE — Mission Ridge Ski Team’s YSL squad capped a strong season by winning three team titles over the weekend at the Eigenvector Research U12 Championships.

MRST was crowned overall team champion and women’s team champion and tied with Crystal Mountain for the men’s team championship.

Women’s team members include Hadley Platt, Tatum Grosdidier, Sasha McCourtie, Eloise Bolles, Zoey Whiting, Karah Grosdidier, Hannah Barnett, Kirsten Jarmin, Jayna Davis, Kate Grey, Clairese Snyder, Anna Parker, Eva Phillippi and Tove Morgan.

Men’s team members include Christian McCourtie, Owen Platt, Luke Branson, Lars Sorom, Jake Kolk, Ashton Fretwell, Nick Pickel, Tyler Ogle, Will Kolk, Gunnar Peterson, Boden Sorom, Jack Fluegge, George Neff, Reagan Masuda and Jax Mathison.

“I am so proud of all of them,” said Alex Shorter, head YSL and Ski Stars coach with the Mission Ridge Ski Team & Academy. “It reflects years of hard work and building a strong team. And it all came together.”

Individual titles won by MRST female athletes included Tatum Grosdidier, second, and Eloise Bolles, third. Individual titles won by MRST male athletes included Christian McCourtie, first, and Owen Platt, second.

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For Mission Ridge, Bill Johnson was a keeper


Bill Johnson, former Mission Ridge Ski Academy athlete who won the gold medal in the downhill in stunning fashion at the 1984 Winter Olympics, died Jan. 21 at the age of 55.


By Steve Maher

WENATCHEE — He could be so brash and such a rebel that he became known as the bad boy of skiing, the rogue of the slopes.

That was the public image, at least.

But those who knew the iconic Bill Johnson at Mission Ridge recall another side of his personality that often got lost once he rose to fame with a series of victories in 1984 that were unprecedented for an American skier.
Johnson, who died Jan. 21 in the Portland area after several years of declining health due to a stroke, was a “puppy dog” beneath his cocky, determined, hard-to-get-along persona, they say.

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U.S. Ski Team members, including Bill Johnson at far left. (Photo provided by Claudia Yamamoto)

“Billy never forgot where he came from or who his friends were,” said Claudia Yamamoto, who helped coach Johnson when he was part of the Mission Ridge Ski Academy in 1978-79. “You could run into the guy 15 or 20 years later and he remembered who you were, gave a huge smile and hug, and acted like he’d seen you yesterday. For all his brashness, there was always a little guy looking for someone to care about him.”

His death at an assisted living facility at the age of 55 hit the Mission Ridge community hard. Tributes to the first American male to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing poured into the Mission Ridge Ski Team office. The ski team has since renamed its longtime Hampton Cup races the Bill Johnson Memorial Hampton Cup.

“We did it out of respect for him and the impact he had on our sport and because he was an inspiration to all who knew him, especially those folks who were in the Academy here with him,” said Kari Johnson, development director of the Mission Ridge Ski Team and Mission Ridge Academy.

Mission Ridge, in turn, was good to Johnson. In fact, he may never have achieved stardom if not for the coaches and others who gave him a hand while he was in Wenatchee.

Johnson grew up racing at Bogus Basin, Idaho, and Mount Hood, Oregon. But he found himself in trouble with the law as a teen-ager in Portland after being caught stealing a car. He was given a choice: Attend a ski academy or head to jail. So he went off to Mission Ridge.

“Bill arrived at the Mission Ridge Ski Academy as a result of an agreement between myself and the judge,” said Dick Knowles, the head coach at the time who now lives in Haines, Ore. “Bill had few options at the time and his father was successful in convincing the judge that this was a good option for Bill due to the history of the academy and the rules that were in place for all athletes.”

Yamamoto said Johnson joined the team late that first season in Wenatchee. It wasn’t long, though, before he was turning heads.

Bruce Bendickson, a former Mission Ridge Ski Team member, recalls watching Johnson fly off a bump on the upper Skookum run during one of his first training sessions.

“He held a tuck the whole time, he was so determined,” Bendickson said. “He just sailed forever. And he held his position perfectly.”

Knowles said Johnson followed the ski academy’s training rules and was a good teammate. When off the slopes, he worked at a Big Boy restaurant for pocket money.

“During his time with the program, he performed well,” Knowles said. “There were no major problems with staff or other athletes. (He) was very helpful during this time and assisted the staff whenever he could.”

During those years, the Mission Ridge Ski Academy was chock full of good athletes, including several who would subsequently make the U.S. Ski Team. It wasn’t until Johnson’s second year racing for the Ridge that he began to hit the podium consistently.

“When he won the Northwest Cup series title at White Pass, it went down to the wire,” Yamamoto said. “And riding home in the van, holding that trophy up, he shouted to all of us, ‘This is just the start!’”

After two seasons at Mission Ridge, Johnson received a scholarship from the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Ski Team. From there he made the U.S. Ski Team and then in early 1984 he firmly established himself on the global scene with a victory in the Lauberhorn downhill at Wengen, Switzerland, in just his second year on the World Cup circuit. It was the first American men’s downhill World Cup win of the modern era.

The best was still to come. A month later, Johnson arrived at the Olympics in Sarajevo and quickly garnered headlines by predicting that he would win, ala Muhammad Ali. He came through, beating silver medalist Peter Mueller of Switzerland by 0.27 seconds. It was the first time an American man had won gold in Alpine skiing. He was just 23 years of age.

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From left to right, U.S. Ski Team members Barry Thys, Bill Johnson and Alan Lauba in the early 1980s. (Photo provided by Claudia Yamamoto)

“What he did that day was amazing at the time,” said Bill Marolt, former president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, in a statement after Johnson’s death. “In retrospect, it’s still amazing.”

“The youngster’s been cocky, he’s been calm, he’s been cool — and he has backed it all up right here,” ABC announcer Frank Gifford said in awe, moments after Johnson won at Sarajevo.

Asked what the victory meant as the cameras zoomed in later, Johnson remarked, “Millions. We’re talking millions.”

Looking back, Yamamoto said she wasn’t surprised Johnson won gold.

“He was a glider and the course at Sarajevo was a glider’s course, and he was determined,” she said. “He told everyone he was going to win. So he had to.”

It was a heady time for Johnson after that triumph. At a White House reception, President Ronald Reagan told him, “You gave your country thrills beyond description.” There also were endorsement deals, magazine covers and even a television movie about his life, “Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story,” starring Anthony Edwards as Johnson.

But even in victory, Johnson didn’t always receive the admiration he felt he deserved. Bendickson recalls talking to him in Bend, Ore., the summer after the Olympics. All Johnson could talk about was how a mentor had never contacted him and congratulated him.

“I think there was a hole in his ego that could never be filled,” Bendickson said.

Johnson lived it up for awhile, buying a house in Malibu, Calif., along with a spendy Porsche. He also got married.

Johnson’s athletic life, however, would soon take a downward spiral. Over the next few seasons, he struggled with knee and back injuries and never regained the form he held in 1984. He attempted a comeback in 2001, at age 40, but crashed while training and was critically injured with brain injuries. It required him to learn how to walk, talk and eat again. Then in 2010, he suffered a stroke that left him confined to a nursing home.

In 2015, the Associated Press reported Johnson could not move his arms or legs anymore.

When he learned Johnson had died, Bendickson said he was saddened.

“He was such a bigger-than-life character you knew,” Bendickson said. “He took each one of us to our dream at the top of the podium and I think he now takes a little bit of all of us along with him in passing.”

“Bill served and will continue to serve as an inspiration to many of us that knew him,” said Klev Schoening, another former Mission Ridge racer who also was a member of the U.S. Ski Team. “Bill was the epitome of someone that sets his mind in stone to achieve something and then overcame every obstacle to make it happen. I will remember him for his pit bull determination and his laugh.”

When she learned of his death, Yamamoto cried.

Days later, she found herself reminiscing about Johnson’s good nature, recalling the time she saw him at Mount Hood in the late 1990s.

“I had not seen him for a long time, probably at least a decade, and I was in a lift line and someone poked me from behind. And I turn around and there he is. And he said, ‘I knew it was you Claudia by the way you were standing. I just kept watching and I knew it was you.’ If you had any kind of relationship with him, it was important to him.”

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Pacific Northwest Ski Association Awards Announced!

We are incredibly proud of our athletes and staff who were named as the recipients of the following Pacific Norhtwest Ski Association Awards this past weekend!

Alex Shorter – Outstanding Alpine Coach of the Year. (Alex is only the third woman to ever receive this award.)

Max Tobler – Schwab Award, for being the most Outstanding Alpine Competitor of the Year.

Hannah Bodily – Northwest Skier Award, for being the most Outstanding Junior Athlete both on and off of the slopes.

Brooke Wales – Arne Backstrom Award, for being the most Outstanding College Alpine Competitor.

Stephen Maher – Press Award, for exceptional service to the sport of ski racing.

Gunnar Lundteigen – R. Dean Palmer Scholarship.

Hannah Bodily – Jane Henry Scholarship.

Unsung Hero Awards:

John Barnett, Teresa Platt, Brian Platt, Angela McCourtie, Jena Bolles, Robin Ahmann, Steve Ahmann, Greg Williams, Ardie Hewitt and Zoee DeRuwe.

Well Done!!!

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All Paths Lead to MRST

Coston, Lundteigen and Davidson say family feel, training, technology set program apart


By Steve Maher

WENATCHEE — Realizing her Montana ski team peers would soon be departing, Sylvie Coston began looking around last spring for a new program.

After graduating from his Michigan high school in June, Gunnar Lundteigen decided to put off college for a spell. He then zeroed in on a mountain where the ski runs would be long and challenging.

And Utah’s Brian Davidson made the same post-high school choice, before surveying the West for a high-level ski program with athletes his age.

Following separate yet similar paths, Coston, Lundheigen and Davidson ultimately found what they were seeking in Wenatchee’s Mission Ridge Ski Team. Since officially joining the program’s FIS squad (16 years and older) last November, the three have excelled on the slopes during the 2014-15 ski season and became fast friends, all the while settling into their new surroundings.

The season officially wraps up later this week with the Eigenvector Northwest Cup Finals at what is now squarely their home mountain.

“Mission Ridge hasn’t had a good snow year but it hasn’t affected us one bit,” says Coston, 17, who grew up in Stevensville, Mont., south of Missoula. “Mission Ridge really has taken great care of us. The coaches here really care and you can tell. They take time to make sure you get it.”

“We have a lot more training here than I experienced in Ogden Valley (Utah), and the training here is of far better quality,” says Davidson, 18, who was raised in Logan, Utah. “This program has an impressive track record.”

Adds Lundteigen, 19, from Charlevoix, Mich.: “This team really feels like your family.”

Long history

All-Paths-Lead-To-MRST-2The three aren’t the first ski racers to end up in Wenatchee from afar.
Since the early 1970s, hundreds of athletes from all over have enrolled in the Mission Ridge program. Many have gone on to college and enjoyed successful professional careers. Some have reached the upper echelons of alpine ski racing, making the U.S. Ski Team and competing in the Olympics and on the MRSTNWCupFinals1World Cup circuit. Some have never left the valley.

But when Ryan and Alex Shorter took over managing MRST in 2006 — and with full support of the MRST board — they moved to ramp up the program, from the FIS squad on down. Among the moves they made was setting aside part of their home for older athletes from outside Wenatchee to live. Some, such as Coston, attend Wenatchee High School for classes.

The Shorters also made a concerted effort to get the word out that MRST welcomed athletes from around the country. It has helped that the couple are well known in the ski racing industry. During the summer and early fall months, they operate PV Alpine Ski Racing Camps.

Several of the MRST’s recent alumni have gone on to bigger and better things on the ski slopes. Several have been accepted into prestigious colleges or nabbed scholarships.

Although he was injured this season, Colby Granstrom is on the U.S. Ski Team. His wife, Brooke Wales Granstrom, was previously a U.S. Ski Team member and now races for the national champion University of Colorado squad. Another former MRST athlete, the homegrown Clare Wise, has been enjoying success racing for the University of Colorado as well. One of her former MRST teammates, Kyle Coxon, captured a Rahlves Banzai Tour free skier title this season. And alumnus Danny O’Neal competed at junior worlds in skier cross.

Ryan Shorter says the program does not recruit athletes. Instead, the team’s reputation is such that skiers know about MRST.

“It (the sport of ski racing ) is a small community, so the kids know. And they shop,” he says.

It’s also true MRST’s FIS squad might not exist — or at least not exist at its current high level — if it were not for athletes moving to Wenatchee for a season, or two, or three. The local population simply isn’t large enough.

“It keeps us in the national spotlight, and it injects talent into the team from different places,” Shorter says of those who hark from other locations. “Our goal is to be the best team in the nation. And this keeps us going in that direction.”

Family, training, technology

It was the family feel of MRST that in part attracted Coston to Wenatchee after she decided to leave the Bridger Bowl Foundation Ski Team at the end of last season. She was seeking a new team with older athletes who would push her on the slopes. Her coach in Missoula knew the Shorters, too, so that was a plus. So was the program’s affordability.

“I like the coaches, and the way they coach and the technology they use, the consistency,” she says. “When I was in Montana, training was minimal.”

Lundteigen, whose father is a longtime ski coach and who went to the same Michigan high school that Ryan Shorter graduated from, said the training methods employed by MRST set it apart from other ski teams around the country.

Shorter emphasizes practice and training and improving technique over an abundance of races.

“Races are just to validate your training,” Shorter says. “Our approach is that it (a race) is just another training run. And executing it well.”

MRST also uses snowmobiles at Mission Ridge to ferry athletes around during practices. The use of the vehicles condenses practices and frees up time for athletes to hit the gym — or to rest.

“We are in the weight room four or five days a week,” Lundteigen says. “He gives us time off so our bodies can recover. He keeps us busy but he doesn’t overwork us.”

Davidson says he has been impressed with the technology that MRST employs.

Over the past few years, Shorter has developed a system using an I-Pad and cameras that allows his athletes to view their training runs within 45 seconds of completing them.

“Before you’ve caught your breath, you are watching your run,” Davidson says. “It helps you relate what you feel with what you see.”

The training program is having the desired impact.

“They are all skiing a lot better than when we got them,” Shorter says. “They’ve all scored career-best results this season.”

Looking ahead

Davidson, Lundteigen and Coston plan to return for the 2015-16 ski season and race again for Mission Ridge.

“It’s the most affordable high-level program in the country because of the sponsors they get and all the fundraising they do,” Lundteigen says. “And Ryan is one of the best coaches around. Ryan always tells us it’s a process, that results don’t come right away. I’ve learned a ton this year.”

Coston has seen vast improvement in her skiing and wants to keep at it.

Shorter says he is working with Wenatchee Valley College so the three can take courses next season, yet still preserve their college athlete eligibility.

“As long as it’s not a full ride, then the NCAA clock doesn’t start,” he says.

All three say they are determined to get college degrees.

Davidson is interested in mechanical engineering. Lundteigen in sports medicine. Coston in sports psychology.

“I want to open a ski company, and build and sell skis,” says Davidson, speaking with the enthusiasm befitting an entrepreneur.

But first things first. This summer, they each will return to their respective hometowns to regroup and to work summer jobs. By fall, they will be back in Wenatchee — to ski.

“I definitely feel I am not done with ski racing,” says Coston, a comment echoed by Lundteigen and Davidson. “It’s here and now.”

“I figure you have your whole life to go to school. You can’t do that with skiing,” Davidson says.

Adds Lundteigen, “I really want to follow my dreams.”

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MRST Freestyle Athletes Air it out in Montana


MISSOULA, Montana – Mission Ridge Ski Team’s freestyle athletes traveled to Lost Trail Powder Mountain to compete in a USSA Northern Division mogul event this past weekend. This event drew the top mogul skiers from Montana and Washington. Snow conditions and weather were excellent, with sunshine and blue skies, and the performances reflected it. Nearly one-third of the male competitors and the top female competitor threw back-flips and loops.

In Saturday’s singles mogul event, MRST’s Olivia Lancaster won the silver medal in the F15 category with a score of 30.96. She threw a solid daffy on the top jump and spread eagle on the bottom. Maya Velazquez finished fifth in the F15s with a daffy and a spread eagle. MRST’s Kurt Zontek won the silver medal in the M15 with a score of 39.76. Zontek threw a pair of doubles in the air, a double-twister on the top and twister-spread on the bottom. Parker Kiesz finished just off the M15 podium in fourth. In the very competitive M17 category, MRST’s Nick Linden finished eighth. In the M13 category, MRST’s Kaleb Prigge and Clay Lancaster finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

In Sunday’s singles mogul event, MRST’s Lancaster again won the silver medal in the F15 category with a score of 28.26 using the same air package from the previous day. Velazquez moved up one spot to finish forth in the F15s. MRST’s Zontek and Kiesz won the M15 silver and bronze medals with scores of 46.31 and 36.72, respectively. Notably Zontek was one of only 2 competitors who nearly maxed out execution points with a score of 99 for his double-twister. Kiesz had his best results of the season and stepped up his air with two big doubles, a twister-spread on top and double-daffy on the bottom. MRST’s Linden moved up two spots to finish sixth in the M17s, where the top five competitors all threw two back-flips with two throwing huge rodeo 7s! MRST’s Lancaster and Prigge finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the M13 category. Notably the top two M13s threw two back-flips and the third-place competitor threw two 3s.

In Sunday’s dual mogul event, MRST athletes had much better results than the previous duals event with three athletes advancing to the round of 8, where each skied four or five duals! In the women’s competition, MRST’s Olivia Lancaster finished sixth and Maya Velazquez finished seventh. In the men’s competition, Kurt Zontek finished 7th. Linden, Lancaster, Kiesz and Prigge all went out in the round of 16.

Summarizing the event’s top finishers, in the women’s competition, F19 Nani Murray from Missoula Freestyle won the gold medal in both singles mogul events with scores of 58.58 and 52.60, as well a gold medal in the dual moguls event. In the men’s competition, M17s Holden Largay and Kevin Thomas, both from Missoula Freestyle, won gold medals in the singles mogul events with scores of 70.01 and 68.07, respectively. Largay also won the gold medal in the dual moguls event.

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Lancaster, Zontek Medal at Mogul Event

MISSOULA, Mont. — Mission Ridge Ski Team’s freestyle team traveled to Montana Snowbowl to compete in the Snowbowl Throwdown mogul event this past weekend. This high-points USSA Northern Division event drew the top mogul skiers from Montana, Washington and Idaho. Snow conditions were good and the performances reflected it, with top competitors throwing huge twisting backflips in the bumps.

In Saturday’s singles mogul event, MRST’s Olivia Lancaster captured the silver medal in the F15 catagory with a score of 34.38 and two solid singles in the air. MRST’s Kurt Zontek captured the bronze medal in the M15 with a score of 42.83. Zontek threw a pair of doubles in the air, but it was not enough to beat two backflippers from Sun Valley. Clay Lancaster finished just off the podium in fourth place in the M13 with his first double in competition. Other MRST athletes with solid runs included Maya Velazques, Parker Kiesz, Nick Linden and Keleb Prigge.

In Sunday’s one-run singles mogul event, MRST athletes did not fare as well, with no podium finishes. MRST’s Olivia Lancaster finished just off the podium in fourth place in F15. Kurt Zontek and Clay Lancaster both finished sixth in M15 and M13, respectively.

In Sunday’s dual mogul event, MRST athletes drew top competitors with none advancing to the medal round. MRST’s Velazquez and Linden both won their first round runs, but all MRST competitors went out in the women’s round of 16 and men’s round of 32.

The men’s top finisher for the event was M19 Jack Rizzo of Sun Valley, who won both singles mogul events and the duals mogul event with blazingly fast times, quick turns and huge backflips. The women’s top finishers were F15 Jenny Williams and F19 Kelsey Thomas, who both took a first and third in the singles events and finished one-two in the duals event.


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Behind the Scenes of the Elite Spring Series

Dozens of volunteers are key to pulling off the event at the Ridge

WENATCHEE — Catch the Western Region Elite FIS Spring Series at Mission Ridge this week and next, and you’ll spot world-class athletes flying down the mountain at speeds of up to 65 mph. You’ll note the well-groomed runs; the simplicity of a solo skier racing the clock in a field of white.

You’ll probably go away thinking it looks pretty easy to hold such an event.

Not so fast.

“There’s a myriad of things that go on that people never see,” says Jeff Sanborn, who is the Mission Ridge Ski Team’s ‘chief of course’ for the April 6-11 series, which attracts some of the world’s best.

SKI ALPIN - FIS WC Kitzbuehel, Slalom, HerrenStart with the unrolling and putting up of more than a mile worth of fencing along the two runs — Tumwater and Skookum — that will serve as courses for the super-G, slalom and giant slalom races. Continue with the spraying of 50,000 gallons of water that create a hard skiing surface and the extra grooming that follows. Go further with the setting up of timing stations and starter tents, and with the handling of registration and awards.

Now you have a better picture.

In the days leading up Friday’s start, a dozen employees, coaches and volunteers have been working all day and into the night to get the mountain ready. Once the races begin, about 70 volunteers will be on the course and in the lodge for six solid days helping Mission Ridge pull of its third-consecutive hosting of the Spring Series.

“It takes a small army to get a race of this size ready,” says Sanborn, who doubles as president of the Mission Ridge Ski Education Foundation board.

And what a race it is. The Spring Series will feature about 280 skiers from around the globe, including Olympians and World Cup athletes. Many use the races as a way to boost their rankings and to get on their home country’s Olympic squad, if they aren’t already.

Men’s and women’s super-G races are slated for this Friday and Saturday, men’s slalom and women’s giant slalom races on Sunday and Monday, and men’s giant slalom and women’s slalom races next Tuesday and Wednesday.

With all the skiers and their coaches in town, the series will pump an estimated $400,000 into the economy.

All in little Wenatchee.

“The ability to host such a high level race is a testament to the exceptional skiing at Mission Ridge, the hospitality of Wenatchee, and professionalism of the Mission Ridge Ski Team,” says Ryan Shorter, the team’s program director.

Jeff-SanbornFor Sanborn, helping out at the series is important — and not just because his son, Josh, a longtime Mission Ridge Ski Team member, will compete in the races.

While his family calls Monroe their primary residence, they have a second home in the Wenatchee Valley. He’s been skiing at Mission Ridge ever since he was a kid. A longtime Microsoft employee, he uses vacation time to volunteer with the ski team.

“He’s out there making sure things happen as they should,” says Kari Johnson, who works in marketing for the ski area. “He’s the hardest-working, most-caring person you’ll find.”

Sanborn finds plenty of reward, too.

“The quality of athletes is something else. Their skill and strength is amazing,” he says. “And the program kids can compete. They’re trying to get to the next level and the results have an impact in that.

“It’s an opportunity to watch these World Cup athletes and to give the program athlete a venue to explore how good they can be,” he says. “I have a passion for this valley and this program. It’s the right thing to do.”

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On Tap This Weekend: Buddy Werner and J3 Finals

WENATCHEE — It’s off to the historic Buddy Werner Championships this week for 10 young Mission Ridge Ski Team members.

The annual invite-only race series, being held this year at Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho, features the top 12-and-under skiers from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. It has been held for more than four decades in the Northwest.

The event is named for Buddy Werner, considered to be the first world-class ski racer from the United States. Werner was named to U.S. Olympic teams in 1956, 1960 and 1964. He was killed in April 1964 after getting caught in an avalanche outside St. Moritz, Switzerland, while helping with a film.

About 250 athletes are expected to complete in slalom and giant slalom races Saturday and Sunday at Schweitzer. Those from MRST heading to Idaho: Girls — Shae Milne, Hallie Johnson, Holly McCoy, Sophie Black, Janae Wiggs and Tiffany Smith; Boys — James Wiggs, Tyson Schmitten, Calvin Hanson and Declan Messer.

Meanwhile, several of Mission Ridge’s J3 athletes (13- and 14-year-olds) will be skiing at J3 Finals at the Alpental ski area beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday. Those competing include Delilah Cupp, Gracie Struthers, Katrina Olsen, Lauren Selland, Max Johnson, Adam Milne and Jeffrey Webb.

Slalom, giant slalom and super-G races are scheduled.

“Delilah is currently holding down first place in the women’s season long championship race,” said MRST coach Claudia Yamamoto. “Let’s see what this weekend brings for her.”

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Mission Ridge Skiers Gear up for J3 Junior Championships

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Three Mission Ridge Ski Team athletes will be at the starting gates Friday when the J3 Western Region Junior Championships unfold at Big Sky Resort, Mont., with boys and girls super-G races.

Delilah Cupp, Gracie Struthers and Cole Paton qualified for the race series with top performances earlier this season.

After Friday’s super-G, the action shifts to the Bridger Bowl ski area for giant slalom races on Saturday and slalom races on Sunday.

The event officially begins Thursday with speed training at Big Sky.

The Junior Championships bring together the best J3 skiers (13- and 14-year-olds) from the West. The three Mission Ridge athletes will represent the Pacific Northwest Ski Association at the event.

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MRST claims top four places in FIS Super-G

Miller again fifth in women’s giant slalom

SANDPOINT, Idaho — A day after posting the top three finishes in the men’s FIS super-G race, the Mission Ridge Ski Team outdid itself Friday, collecting the top four places at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

For the second straight day, Carl Noges won the race, this time in a time of 1:10.81. He was followed by Alec Jones (1:10.96), Kristoff Fowler (1:11.70) and Cai Yamamoto (1:12.09).

On Thursday, the order of finish was Noges, Fowler and Jones, with Yamamoto seventh.

Other MRST athletes in Friday’s super-G: Danny O’Neal, 16th place; Max Tobler, 17th; Ben Holmberg, 29th; Travis Ahmann, 30th; Gage Managhan, 43rd; Josh Sanborn, 46th; Frederick Williams, 55th; Jacob DeRuwe, 58th; Drew Holmberg, 85th.

On the women’s side, Mission Ridge’s Kyla Miller claimed fifth place in Friday’s FIS giant slalom race at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. She had the same showing on Thursday.

Her combined time for the two runs was 2:17.32, more than three seconds off the winning time posted by Schweitzer’s Paige Minana (2:13.92).

Teammate Lindsay Ahmann came in 22nd with a time of 2:22.29.

Other MRST athletes in Friday’s giant slalom: Hannah Bodily, 29th; Mattie Wise, 38th; Brittney Knox, 40th; Katherine Robinson, 56th; Caroline Taylor, 67th.

On Saturday, the women race in the super-G, while the men tackle the giant slalom.

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Great video on jumping.


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