Park City Ski Team skiers win big at home
January 27, 2015
If anyone was wondering about the interest in alpine ski racing among local families these days, they should have gone to Park City Mountain Resort last Saturday, where roughly 150 girls and 200 boys competed in the one-run giant slalom race for 8 to 12 year olds in the Youth Sports League (YSL).
Athletes from the Park City Farm Team (PCFT) and the Park City Ski Team (PCST) dominated the result lists, and the large number of local kids entered in the race attests to the huge popularity of ski racing in our community.
Among 26 competitors in the girls U8 class, Talise Larsh from PCFT took first place with a blazing time of 33.49 seconds, followed by her teammate MacKenzie Meirowitz clocking in at 37.72.
In the boys U8 division there were 48 competitors, and PCFT swept the podium. Vince Billanti took first with a time of 35.10, Jack Hoffman was a close second in 35.32 and Ian Marsland was third in 36.25.
In the U10 division there were 69 girls and 98 boys on the start list. Among the girls, the top-12 skiers all came from the PCFT! Fastest was Ana Gettel with a time of 34.02, followed by Morrison Travis in 35.10 and Stella Bucheister’s 35.36. Local skiers were also dominant in the boys’ race, where 14 out of the top 15 skiers came from either PCST or PCFT. The winner was Gabriel Sullivan, PCST, with a time of 33.27. Second place went to Jonathan Brain, also PCST, in 33.96, and Miles Sears from Park City Farm Team won third place in 35.37.
Among 53 competitors in the U12 girls, Lindsay Aten from PCST won first place in 31.34, joined on the podium by teammate Ava Kelly in 32.85. In the U12 boys there were 56 racers, and Jack Abuhaidar from PCST posted the fastest time of the day in 30.20, followed by Summit Ski Team’s Sutter Plavacos in 33.19 and Park City Ski Team’s Peyton Cox in 34.08.
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While the kids were racing, some of them for the first time ever, Olympic gold medalist Michaela Shiffrin was training for the upcoming World Championships a little higher up on the same hill. Many young racers reported having conversations with the star on the lift, and some lucky ones got her autograph on their helmet or race suit. Surely, having one of the world’s best skiers in their midst provided extra inspiration to the athletes. Who knows, a decade from now one of these young Park City racers might be the one signing autographs at a local YSL race.