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Home slalom for Sunlight skiers

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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SUNLIGHT MOUNTAIN, Colorado – With snow spitting most of the day, Sunlight Ski Teamers were out in full force on their home mountain on Saturday.

And the youngsters performed well in a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Age Class Open Slalom event on Joslin’s Run at Sunlight Mountain, ascending the podium with frequency once the day’s runs were done and awards ceremony time rolled around.

Young Cooper Cornelius carried away a pair of gold medals, speeding to first place among J5 boys (10-and-under) in both morning and afternoon runs.



“I kind of bobbled a bit on the first one,” the 10-year-old said. “The second one I actually had no problems.”

Also taking home a gold medal was Lily McSwain, who cruised to first in the a.m. run for the J3 girls (13- and 14-year-olds).



Alphonse Fischer made his first-ever trip to the podium with a pair of second-place finishes among J3 boys. It was a day the 13-year-old won’t soon forget.

“It felt great,” he said. “It’s probably the best I’ve ever done. I just felt like I was flowing right, and I wasn’t skidding out.”

Grace McSwain also nailed a second-place run. Hers came in the J3 girls’ afternoon run. She took sixth in her morning race.

McSwain, 13, relished the rare chance to race at home.

“It was really nice,” she said. “I haven’t had a race here since I was a J5.”

Other Sunlight skiers faring well included Devan McSwain (J5 girls, fourth-place a.m. run, fifth-place p.m. run), Lindsay Hoffman (fourth-place a.m. run), Alexis Naylor (J5 girls, seventh-place p.m. run) and Quinn Kimminau (J3 boys, sixth-place a.m. run, seventh-place p.m. run).

The Sunlight Ski Team will head to Beaver Creek for more racing today.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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