Youth ski racing: Kinder Kup racers bundle up for tough conditions
Zero-degree temperatures didn’t deter 40 kids, some as young as 3, from competing in this past Sunday’s early-morning Kinder Kup race.
Heavenly Resort hosted the first of three races of the season as part of an annual Kinder Kup Race Series. The series is in its ninth year and has yet to lose steam.
Kinder Kup alumni foreran the giant slalom race, with a tiger and flamingo among the costumes.
As the racing got under way, athlete biographies were read aloud as the skiers raced down World Cup run. Almost all the kids had one thing in common: involvement in lots of activities, from dance to motocross and riding bikes to swimming.
But there were a few resumes that caught the attention of the crowd: 6-year-old Tori Wang competes in Kung Fu; Kate Kelly, 5, said her proudest accomplishment was getting ski poles; and Austin Alley’s favorite thing about skiing is “the need for speed.”
The crowd learned other interesting tidbits such as competitor Karli Anderson, 6, plans on being in the Olympics; 3 year-old Justin Fry fell asleep on the chairlift; and Wynter Probert, also 3, likes skiing by herself.
The kids had two timed runs through a giant slalom course, with the times combined for placing. All participants received medals and goodie bags.
For the boys, Dalton Drum, 6, who crashed crossing the finish line at one of last year’s Kinder Kup races, redeemed himself with a third-place finish (59.93). Dylan Marcellini of Squaw Valley was the winner with a combined time of 55.33 seconds, with Logan Chapman of Heavenly taking second with a time of 58.57.
Maya Wong and Aliza Neu, both age 6, gave the boys a run for their money. Maya posted the two fastest times of the day (49.17) to take the win for the girls’ division, and Neu placed second with a combined time of 53.73. Julia Holm was third at 55.74. Also for the girls, Sofia Hedquist finished fourth, then came Becca Waterson, Probert, Ellie Krolicki, Karli Anderson, Sophia Maricich and Annie Ferguson.
For the boys, Max Kelly placed fourth and was followed by Mark Allen, Aidan Rippet, Edward Fischer, Ethan Kulchin, Zack Staudenmayer, Aidan Pretti, Tony Piccinonno, Austin Alley, Dominik Belkin, Otto Albrecht, Kole Karwoski, Jack Laurie, Tadi Wright, Chad Maricich and Justin Fry.
Tori Wang, Kelsey Buckley, Macy Cannon, Kate Kelly, Jack Forvilly, Preston Hallen, Ezekiel Zeff, Vinny Piccinonno and Ian Nussdorfer also participated.
The next Kinder Kup race is scheduled for Feb. 1 at Heavenly, with the third race March 22. For more information, contact the Heavenly Ski Foundation at 541-7354.
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