Skiers finish at the top in New Zealand
Skiers Quincy Young and Stacey Cook from North Lake Tahoe dominated the competition in the International Ski Federation Coronet Cup, Wigley Cup and in the Mt. Hutt FIS Series Slalom. All of the events took place in New Zealand Aug. 3-6 and 13, respectively.
The competitions drew roughly 50 skiers from several different countries including Great Britain, Japan, Canada, Korea and India.
Young, 18, a recent graduate from Tahoe Truckee High School and a skier for Squaw Valley, finished with two second place times in the giant slalom and one first place time in slalom. She finished first in the Coronet Cup overall and first overall at Mt. Hutt.
“I felt good considering how much I was able to ski,” Young said. The skiers were able to practice a week and a half at Mt. Hutt before participating in the competitions. Young also recovered from a torn ACL months earlier.
“It was really icy – a bad snow year for them,” she added.
Cook, 16, who will be a junior at Tahoe Truckee High, finished second and 10th in the giant slalom races and third in the slalom. She secured second place overall in the Coronet Cup and second place at Mt. Hutt.
The skiers from the United States swept the top three slots at Mt. Hutt, with Katherine Hitchcock in third place. Both Cook and Hitchcook are skiers for Sugarbowl Ski Resort’s ski team.
“I wasn’t at my strongest but I didn’t do too bad,” Cook concluded of her performance.
The skiers are part of the Far West Juniors Ski team, and joined a group of American skiers who arrived from Idaho and Oregon among other areas.
In addtion to competing at Mt. Hutt and Coronet Peak, Cook and Young gathered the courage to experience one of the longest bungy cord jumps in the world in Queenstown at 440 feet.
“It was one of the most intense things I have ever done,” remarked Young.
Coach Gary Steffeson said he was pleased with the results.
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