AVSC racers fare well at Powderhorn
The youngest members of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club alpine team finished on a high note at the J5/J6 Championships at Powderhorn last weekend.
The team, consisting of skiers ages 7 through 10 years old, took on their Rocky Mountain Division rivals, including teams from Vail, Steamboat, Eldora and Winter Park. The combined results for the team earned it second place overall at the event.
Tyler Thomas, 8, had two fifth-place finishes in Saturday’s giant slalom races for his J6 age class and teammate Topher Davenport was fourth and sixth on the day. Fellow J6 skiers James Kelly and Samuel McDermott, of Glenwood Springs, took 12th and 13th, respectively, in the morning. Kelly moved up to ninth and McDermott took 15th place in the afternoon.
Topher’s older brother, Stian Davenport, took 11th place in the morning and 10th in the afternoon for the 9- and 10-year-old J5s. William Laing finished 15th in the morning.
Levyn Thomas paced the AVSC J5 girls with a seventh-place finish in the morning.
Tyler Thomas broke through on Sunday’s slalom races winning a bronze and a silver medal.
“Tyler has amazing technique,” said AVSC Alpine J5/J6 coach Willie Volckhausen. “If you took Ted Ligety and shrunk him down to a third grader you’d be looking at Ty.”
Topher Davenport took fourth in the afternoon race and McDermott finished eighth and fifth.
“Remarkable, given that Samuel decided he wanted to move from training to competing just two weeks prior to the race,” Volckhausen said.
Stian Davenport took eighth and ninth for the J5s and William Laing finished seventh in the afternoon.
Taylor Laing, 7, cracked the top 10 with an eighth-place finish in Sunday morning’s girls slalom race and J5 skier Levyn Thomas took home the bronze medal for a terrific slalom run on Sunday afternoon.
“As proud as I am of their individual accomplishments, I’m even prouder of how they did as a team,” remarked Volckhausen. “They’re a great group of kids.”
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