VAIL, Colo. – This week, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) alpine athletes traveled to Snowbasin, UT to take part in the U21 U.S. Junior National Championships. Featuring over 140 of the top U19 and U21 alpine skiers from around the country, the competition was stiff from the get-go with SSCV athletes and alumni rising to the occasion.
The three-day event kicked off on Monday, February 24 with an epic single run super-G competition featuring current SSCV athletes Emma Resnick, Trent Pennington, Ian McCormick, Fletcher Holm, Matthew Macaluso and Wyatt Hall. 16-year-old Resnick ended the day with the first of three event wins, with Macaluso and Pennington cinching 5th and 8th place finishes, respectively. SSCV/Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy alumnus, Bridger Gile grabbed a 2nd place spot on the podium with fellow alumnus Jacob Dilling in 7th place.
The next day’s competition in giant slalom was no less exciting for the team. Resnick and Gile continued to dominate the field with their speed and agility. Dilling also rose up in the ranks to score a bronze model for the event, and SSCV’s Henry Heaydon trailed close behind in 8th place followed by Macaluso in 12th and Pennington in 15th. On the women’s side among the top fifteen, Carissa Cassidy landed in 8th and Ava Jemison in 14th.
The women’s championship came to a head in the final slalom run of the day, with SSCV’s Emma Resnick, Cleo Braun, Ava Jemison and Carissa Cassidy, coming in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively. When the snow settled and the two run times were tallied, Resnick remained in 1st, with Braun in 2nd, Cassidy in 4th, and Jemison in 5th. On the men’s side of slalom, Dilling scored yet another bronze medal.
It was a fantastic couple of days of competition for the SSCV skiers that qualified, but it was an especially great week to be Emma Resnick. She closed out Junior Nationals as the overall combined national champion, having placed first in every event she competed in. This U.S. Ski and Snowboard D Team member’s prestigious accomplishment comes on the heels of being the top U.S. finisher at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in January. Gile also has much to celebrate this past week coming in second overall on the men’s side at Junior Nationals.
Other SSCV athletes who qualified for and competed in Junior Nationals this past week are Taylor Hoyt, Anastacia Stocker, Natasha Stocker, Gabriella Holm and Zane Worrell.
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