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CRMS freeheelers make print

Ivy Vogel

Three years ago Jack Tolan strapped on his first pair of telemark skies, and now he’s being sponsored by and featured in a Black Diamond catalog.Black Diamond creates and manufactures climbing and back country skiing equipment.Tolan earned his sponsorship after doing a demo with a friend in Utah last winter.”I never thought I would be in a catalog,” said Tolan. “It’s definitely weird to see how they edited it and it’s cool seeing my friend and coach in the catalog.”Tolan is on the Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s telemark team which is the only high school telemark team in the nation.His coach, Kayo Ogilby who is teaching at Columbia University this school year and his former teammate, Cody Smith are also featured in the Black Diamond catalog.After the shoot, a Black Diamond representative who is also part of the ski patrol, took Tolan, Ogilby and Smith up a gondola for a little out of bounds skiing.Telemark skiing gives Tolan a challenge that down hill skiing never did. The CRMS telemark team is the only high school telemark team in the country so Tolan is challenged by competing against older, more experienced skiers.”No matter how hard I train in the off season I’m sore for about the first two weeks during the season,” Tolan said.Ski season will not start for Tolan until his collar bone-which he broke playing soccer-has healed.Tolan is a senior and is planning on going to college but the school has to offer him more than academics.”A big part of my college decision is which college has the best ski mountain near it,” Tolan said.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.com


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