Team Soldier Hollow had another exciting weekend on our home course at the Super Qualifier. This is the biggest junior race in the USA with over 650 participants between the ages of 6 and 20. Friday the racing began with classic skiing. Mother nature provided us with some 32 degree wind blown snow just to make the kick waxing ulta challenging. A big shout out to our wax and support crew of Coaches Maddie, Ben, Tricia and Morgan PLUS a HUGE thanks to all the parents who helped and brought tons of delicious treats for the Team tent!
Now to the races - Friday was a classic sprint for the older kids and a classic distance race for the youngsters. Highlights included - Felix Firth 2nd place in the U14 boys, Mason Heimburger 10th place in the U12 boys, Sara Livingstone and Sophia Burkemo 12th and 13th in the U12 girls, Maddus Leonard 4th in the U10 boys. As a coach the highlight of the day was seeing all the kids give it their best with challenging classic conditions on Hermods Hill!!!
Saturday was the skate day. We woke up to fresh snow and some rain. All the races were mass start. It was great experience skiing in large groups. Even the U14 category has almost 100 racers!!! Highlights of the day included - Jack Jarrett 7th & Mason Heimburger 13th for U12 boys, Felix Frith 10th in the U14 boys, Sophia Burkemo 11th in the U12 girls, and Maddux Leonard demonstrating consistency with another 4th in the U10 boys. Honorable mention to Fischer Heimburger who broke a pole, then crashed off the course and came by the bottom of Hermods on lap 1 in 68th. By lap 3 he had moved up to 28th and skied the 19th and 14th fastest laps for lap 2 and 3. It was a great example of perseverance and determination.
Despite the weekend's weather we had over 30 Team Soldier Hollow racers throughout the weekend!!! It was great to see so many green and blue suits flying around!!!