Vail, Colo. December 15, 2022 – This past week, men and women alpine FIS athletes headed to Copper Mountain for the Stifel Success NorAM Series Competition. Ski & Snowboard Club (SSCV)’s current and former athletes advanced while the competition was stiff, receiving four overall podiums, four junior podiums, and twelve top 15 overall positions.
This Stifel Success NorAM Series Competition took place December 7, 2022 through December 10, 2022 at Copper Mountain. The event consisted of women’s and men’s downhill on the first two days of competition, with women’s super-G on December 9th, and men’s super-G on December 10th. The Stifel Success NorAM Series Competition recognizes juniors in their own category, with years of birth 2002 – 2006 qualifying in this ranking.
On December 7th’s Men’s Downhill, former SSCV athlete Kyle Negomir placed second overall and current SSCV athlete Hunter Salani, a 2005 year of birth, placed second in the junior category. Salani placed 14th overall in this race which included several World Cup skiers. The Stifel Success NorAm Competition in Copper also acts as the US National Championship, resulting in Salani accomplishing the title of National Championship junior silver medalist. The next day of downhill competition, Negomir took third overall and Salani took home the gold as National Championship junior gold medalist, and placed 10th overall. On December 10th the men’s super-G competition, Negomir took first overall and Salani took fifth in the juniors category and 16th overall in the first race. As for the second race, Negomir took 1st overall, with Salani snagging another junior podium in third and 19th overall.
During the women’s super-G competition, current SSCV athletes advanced through the competition. In the first race of the day, Kaitlin Keane grabbed sixth within the junior category and 11th overall. Liv Moritz took eighth within the junior category and 13th overall. In the second race, Kjersti Moritz took the title of junior bronze medalist and eighth overall, with her sister Liv Moritz taking ninth within the junior category, and 14th overall.
“After a lengthy prep period in the gym and on snow this summer and fall it was great to get racing at the Copper Nor-Ams. The amount of buy-in the athletes have shown into the programming has lead to some fantastic results with Hunter Salani scoring great results in Downhill and Super-G including a 10th in DH, and three top 20 results in the other races, along with several junior podium results,” said Alice Duran, SSCV Alpine Men’s FIS Coach.
“William Zurbay, Carson Hume, Stanley Andrie, Julian Arthur and Hunter Roach all made great strides over the weekend, and showed some courageous skiing against a deep field of talented athletes. All in all as a staff we are fired up with how much the entire group has improved and how the commitment to the program is showing off!”
“The women’s NorAms at copper were great events,” said Lisa Perricone, SSCV Alpine Women’s Head Coach. “ Liv Moritz had an outstanding result finishing 5th in the SL, 2nd for Juniors. She followed that up with two more top 15’s in the SG races. Another highlight was Nicole Begue who scored NorAm points in both SG races. That is really impressive for a first year FIS athlete.” Because the Copper NorAms were so close to home, we were able to expose some of our athletes to that level of racing, so they can build off their experience.”
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