July 22, 2006
Women ski jumpers are temporarily shelving their excitement about gaining International Ski Federation approval to be included in the 2009 World Championships in favor of the opening of the Continental Cup season Friday and Saturday night. The VISA International Women’s Ski Jumping Festival at Utah Olympic Park (UOP) has drawn nearly 30 of the best women in the world, representing eight nations and including the top 11 from the 2006 points list. Doors open each day at 4:30 p.m. with live music at 5: p.m. and jumping set will begin at 6 p.m.; admission is free. The summertime competition will take place on the normal hill (HS100), which has plastic matting that when sprayed with water helps simulate snow conditions on the landing hill and out-run. For the first time, five women jumpers have been nominated to the U.S. Ski Team, which will be announced later this summer. The five, all coming out of the National Sports Foundation program at UOP, are among the top 15 last season and include: No. 2 — Lindsey Van, No. 3 — Jessica Jerome, No. 9 — Abby Hughes, No. 11 — Alissa Johnson and No. 15 — Brenna Ellis. Dewitt Joins Board
Parkite Lincoln DeWitt has joined the Board of Directors of the Utah Winter Games. He is also a World Cup Champion skeleton racer with a World Cup victory and a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships. DeWitt finished fifth in the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake. In the 2000-2001 season, he was ranked No. 1 in the world on the World Cup circuit and twice won the Verizon Championship Series. He retired from competition in 2002. DeWitt is currently a real estate agent with Jess Reid Real Estate.
The second competition in the Park City Skate Series is coming Saturday, July 29. The competition begins at 11 a.m. Pre-register at The Click or at the Park City Racquet Club for $10 per division. Register the day-of at 10 a.m. for $15. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Sponsored by The Click, Park City Recreation and Skullcandy. For more information, call 615-5401.
Carina Crosby of Park City qualified for 2007 Deaflympics at the national trials held in Telluride. Colo. March 12-18. The final team selection was announced last week. Crosby, who is in the ninthth grade at Treasue Mountain International Middle School, qualified second in the giant slalom. The 16th winter Deaflympics will be held in Park City Feb 1-10, 2007. Crosby is looking forward to competing for the United States in her own backyard. "The hometown crowd will be a tremendous boost for me," she said. Crosby, who has a sister who is deaf, was born severely hard of hearing, but is now profoundly deaf. She received a cochlear implant in 2005 and that has helped her hearing enormously. Anyone interested in helping support the 16th Winter Deaflympics may log onto http://www.2007Deaflympics.com. . register early.UTAH LACROSSE ASSOCIATION NAMES PAUL LARKIN AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Larkin succeeds Soni Taylor as leader of fast-growing statewide sport association SANDY, UTAH January 6, 2006 The Utah Lacrosse Association has named Paul Larkin of Holladay as its new Executive Director. He follows Soni Taylor, who successfully managed the organization through a multi-year period of 20 percent annual growth. Larkin played the sport on the Olympus High School boy’s club team and at Utah State University, where he was president of the men’s Lacrosse team. He has a degree in Business Information Systems, and varied experience in the business world. His technical skills will help the ULA improve its communication and online registration processes, and his organizational abilities will help strengthen the association’s volunteer base. He started on Dec. 27th. Soni Taylor who served as the organization’s first executive director for three years – will stay on for a one-month transition period before leaving to pursue Lacrosse-related business activities. "As the first full-time, paid US Lacrosse chapter executive director in the country, Soni is a true pioneer, well regarded by the national organization in Baltimore," said Michael O’Malley, ULA board president. "In her time with the ULA, she pushed us forward on many fronts, including driving broad-based expansion in our youth leagues and improving the ULA’s financial reserves and service delivery in a period of high growth. We’re looking forward to Paul helping to push our organization further." The Utah Lacrosse Association is a regional chapter of US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. Lacrosse is a high-speed, high-scoring sport played by male and female Utahns from Kindergarten to post-collegiate age groups. More than 34 boy’s high school teams and 18 girl’s high school teams competed in the spring 2005 season. Lacrosse is considered the fastest-growing team sport in the country. More information is available at http://www.utahlax.org and http://www.uslacrosse.org. ### Contact Michael O’Malley at (801) 652-5578. Beginning Monday, December 12, 2005, KTMP 1340 AM Radio will broadcast live ski reports from Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and The Canyons. Tune in at 7:45am Monday Friday to hear these reports. KTMP is your hometown classic country radio station located at 260 North Main Street in Heber City. For more information call (435) 657-1340. Bottom of Form