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Sugar Bowl Academy skiers sweep podium at Pole, Pedal, Paddle competition

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comSki racers from the Sugar Bowl Academy recently swept the podium of the U-17 coed pairs division at the Pole, Pedal, Paddle races in Bend, Ore.
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What do you get when you combine some of Sugar Bowl Academy’s top Alpine skiers with their competitive counterparts on the school’s Nordic team?

Lots of podiums.

Sugar Bowl Academy swept the U-17 coed pairs podium at last week’s Pole, Pedal, Paddle races in Bend, Ore.

Alpine racer Scott Cooper teamed with Nordic racer Cassidy Cichowicz to capture first place, while Alpine racer Dylan Brooks and Nordic racer Danielle Nivinski took second and Nordic skiers Alec Wiltz and Bria Riggs rounded out the podium in third.

In male pairs, senior Sugar Bowl Academy student-athletes Austin Meng and Evan Dion finished second.

and#8220;It’s a big deal that they were the second overall male pair,and#8221; said Sugar Bowl Academy Assistant Nordic Coach Ambrose Tuscano. and#8220;They were first in their age group but second for all male pairs. There were some really competitive male pairs, especially in the 30 to 50 age range.and#8221;

Tuscano was paired with Sugar Bowl Academy Head Nordic Coach Jeff Schloss. The coaches’ team finished second in its age group.

The race consisted of six different legs: a downhill super G race on Mt. Bachelor, followed by an 8-kilometer Nordic race, a 22-mile road bike ride, a 5-mile trail run, a 1.5-mile kayak on the Deschutes River and, finally, a half-mile running sprint to the finish in River Bend Park in downtown Bend.

The race can be contested by individuals doing all six legs, by teams of six people each doing one leg, or and#8212; in the way Sugar Bowl Academy athletes choose to compete and#8212; as two person and#8220;pairs teams,and#8221; where two teammates split the six events.

More than 3,000 people raced in the event.

and#8220;Everywhere you looked there were cars with bikes and kayaks on the roofs and fit-looking people running around trying to figure out what to do with all of their outdoor toys,and#8221; said Schloss.

Sugar Bowl Academy alumnus Corey Talbott also finished second in his age group in the individual category.

Parents of the Sugar Bowl Academy athletes were also represented in the race, as both Julie Riggs and Leisa Runyan paired up for the event.

and#8220;All in all it was a super successful race and was a great low-key way to finish the 2010-2011 race season,and#8221; said Schloss.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.