Extra points King of the Mountain
November 25, 2006
Calling all Utah-area ski and snowboard racers who think they have what it takes to be King of the Mountain. The National Open Qualifier hosted by The Jeep King of the Mountain Series will be held Dec. 1 to determine the final eight spots for the 2006-2007 Skiing and Snowboarding World Professional Championships at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. The championships will take place the next day, Saturday, Dec. 2, at Snowbird. Each racer will be timed on the Jeep King of the Mountain’s Y-cross racecourse, set up at Big Emma Run, with the top two fastest times in men’s and women’s skiing and snowboarding advancing to the World Professional Championships against 24 of the most decorated athletes in the sport. At stake is a share of the richest cash purse in the industry, topping $450,000 plus cash bonuses from John Paul Mitchell Systems. Registration for the National Open Qualifier will take place on Thursday, Nov. 30, from noon 6 p.m. at the Cliff Lodge (Little Pine Room) at Snowbird. The registration fee is $40 and includes an event lift ticket. For more information call (970) 926-7750 or visit http://www.jeepsports.com .
Park City High School lacrosse teams will hold their annual organizational meetings next week. The girls team will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Treasure Mountain International School cafeteria at 7 p.m. The boys team will meet on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Registration packets will be handed out. All players planning on playing high school lacrosse in Park City this year and their parents and must attend this meeting.
Ski Racing International, publisher of Ski Racing magazine and skiracing.com, has announced its first venture into athlete sponsorship, purchasing the headgear sponsorship for U.S. Ski Team athlete Resi Stiegler for the remainder of 2006. Stiegler, a 21-year-old Park City Winter School graduate was Ski Racing’s 2005 U.S. Alpine Junior Skier of the Year. She has already accumulated 23 top-20 placings on the World Cup, the bulk of them in slalom. Her best result is a fourth, scored last season in the World Cup Finals at Are, Sweden. Stiegler has been a member of two World Championships teams, placing sixth in slalom at Santa Caterina in 2005. She was 11th in combined and 12th in slalom in her first Olympics last season. She finished the 2006 World Cup season ranked 15th in slalom. Stiegler will wear the Ski Racing logo on her helmet for the North American leg of the World Cup circuit, beginning with a GS and slalom at Aspen, Colo., Nov. 25-26.
The Park City Nordic Ski Team and the National Sports Foundation is hosting an informational meeting for all people interested in youth cross country ski programs at the Miners Hospital, 2nd floor, on Oct. 4 from 7-9 p.m. All athletes, parents and Nordic enthusiasts are welsome to attend. For more information, call 645-7660. 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