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Former Wolverine skiers find success

Staff Reports

Two Tahoe-Truckee High School graduates are posting impressive results at the collegiate level of ski racing.

Travis Ritchie and Tyler Zarubin, both 1998 graduates and current freshmen at the University of California, San Diego, competed at the Western Division Collegiate Club Race Championships two weeks ago at Diamond Peak.

Their times

In the Feb. 26 men’s slalom, Zarubin took 19th with a 37.20 on the first run and a 35.37 on the second run for a combined 1:12.57.

Ritchie was 35th with a 53.69 and 39.50 for a combined 1:33.19.

In the Feb. 27 men’s giant slalom Zarubin finished 20th with a 1:15.29 and 1:10.84 for a combined 2:26.13.

Ritchie finished in 1:23.67 and 1:15.96 for a combined 2:39.63 and 35th place.

Jitloff tour update

Western Elite Ski Team member and 1998 Tahoe-Truckee High School graduate Erik Jitloff continued on the Nor-Am tour with recent stops in Quebec and British Columbia.

At Apex, B.C., Jitloff said he crashed on the downhill, but does not feel as though this was a setback.

“I hooked a tip on a fence and went flying,” he said. “It’s more of a lesson. I hope I don’t do it again.”

He is at home now, but will rejoin the tour for nationals in Park City at the Olympic venues.

“I’ve learned a lot,” Jitloff said about the tour.

He will race in the downhill and Super G at Snow Basin, Utah.

After that, it’s off to Alberta for more Nor-Ams and Bend, Ore., for the finals.

Finishing off the season

He will finish his season with the Spring Series at Mammoth and begin his summer training which he hopes will put him in shape to join the U.S. Ski Team in the next year or two.

“I just hope to place pretty well at nationals,” he said. “I want to ski well in the downhill.”

He said he has learned a lot this season simply by skiing the different courses the tour has to offer.


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