Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Louie is one step closer.....

Digging through some old files this morning I came across Louie's junior year goal sheet.  "Make it to the Olympics" is clearly written.  Louie continues his march to the Olympic games in Vancouver and the realization of those goals created here five years ago.  After another solid day and a second place finish he is sitting solidly in second in the Halfpipe standings.  Things could get shaken up in the final two qualifying events next week in Park City, so keep tuned in and keep your fingers crossed.  SMS alumni Ellery Hollingsworth and Danny Davis are also in close contention, and are poised for the Park City event.  We will keep you posted.   Lizzie Beerman is out of the hunt for Vancouver but on the mend and in a good spot heading into the Dew Tour and the X- games in the coming weeks.  Some goals need to be reserved for other days and I know Liz will be cheering on her team mates in their quest to represent the US in February.  Just to be in this elite group down to the final events is an honor and we are very proud of her and everyones accomplishments to date.

Lindsey Jacobellis and Ross Powers continue to press forward in their quests for the Olympic team in Veysonnaz, SUI in two days.  They have both met the minimum top four World Cup criteria for Olympic selection.  All the results still need to be tallied after the final qualification event in Stoneham, CAN on January 19th before anyone is named.  On the men's side there are several athletes who have met this top four criteria.  Jackie Hernandez  '10 has been offered the 4th women's spot for these last SBX World Cups/ Olympic qualifiers but has declined to focus on her recovery from a fall in December, and pursuit of the Nor-am title.  She is headed to Copper for the first stop of the tour in three days.  All the best to everyone on their journey through these tense last few weeks of qualifying.

Rev tour is this week for our crew trying to secure Junior World spots as well as coveted US Open Invites and selection to US Snowboarding projeckt gold camps.  The top five overall finishers in the tour will also receive invites to USASA nationals.  I was psyched to be able to spend some time with Randall, Chris T, Mikey, Phoebe and Kiley while Ian and Dave were away.  We had some great days and i am amazed at the level these kids are at and the work they are putting in. They all charged hard  and along with the road crew coming off the GP all should be set for success, and ready to put on a show.   We look forward to seeing everyone at Mt. Snow beginning with Women's qualifying at 9 am on Thursday in the ditch.

Keep praying for Kevin Pearce, the love and support our community is pouring out to him and his family is helping.  He is improving every day.


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