Former Wolverine skiers find success
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.
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.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
The two-time defending state champion Truckee baseball team opened league play in style last weekend, taking a three-game sweep of Sparks.