Vail, Colo. April 5, 2022 – High-level alpine athletes from around the country year of 2005 and older gathered in Sugarloaf directly after the NorAM cup events to race in the Alpine National Championships. SSCV made their mark at Sugarloaf over the three days of competition.
The Alpine National Championships in Sugarloaf is an opportunity for FIS level athletes to compete against other FIS level alpine skiers on a national stage. Qualifying for this race demonstrates high level ski racing potential and ability to compete. The competition consisted of women’s and men’s slalom races on March 29th, men’s giant slalom on March 30st and women’s giant slalom on March 31st. However, the men’s and women’s super-G was canceled due to poor weather conditions.
On the day of the slalom competition, SSCV current and former athletes made their team proud. For the men, among the top 15 former SSCV athletes Bridger Gile and Alex Leever grabbed an impressive sixth and seventh place, respectively and River Radamus took 14th. As for the women’s top 15 in slalom, former SSCV athlete Paula Moltzan took 1st as the women’s national slalom champion. Carissa Cassidy took sixth, and took the first place Junior (U21) in the race. and Maddie Dekko rounded out the top ten in 10th.
As for the men’s giant slalom top 15 current and former SSCV athletes, Gile took fifth. Women’s giant slalom was also impressive, Moltzan taking second and securing a spot on the podium and former SSCV athlete Allie Resnick snagged ninth.
“US Nationals attracts many of the top athletes in the US including a number of US Ski Team members returning from the Olympic Games and the World Cup circuit all chasing an elusive National Title,” said Brad Wall, SSCV Alpine Program Director. “As a venue Sugarloaf hosts many major championships so for our SSCV athletes to gain valuable experience at the venue will serve them well in the future. It was unfortunate that some events were canceled but that in itself is a valuable lesson in resilience, and adaptability.”
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