Sunlight skiers win big in Crested Butte, Steamboat |

Sunlight skiers win big in Crested Butte, Steamboat

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Todd Patrick Special to the Post IndependentSunlight Ski Team racer Alexis Naylor competes at Sunday's J5 Festival at Sunlight Mountain.

Sunlight Ski Team’s small contingent of racers have been seizing attention with podium-filled trips throughout Colorado.

Since a season-opening trip to Durango, the Sunlight skiers have traveled to Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs and hosted a J5 race at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

In a Jan. 8-9 trip to Crested Butte, Cooper Cornelius won four golds.

Devan McSwain and Tyler Dollahan both came home with two first- and two second-place finishes and Alexis Naylor had three fourth-place finishes and one third-place showing.

In J4 super-G races held in Steamboat Jan. 21-23, all three of Sunlight’s J4 athletes participated. All three fell on the first day of training.

Quincy Dollahan suffered a nasty fall that injured her left ankle. She skied through the pain with a taped ankle and fell again in the first race the next day.

A determined Dollahan still managed to compete in the following day’s set of races.

Barely able to put weight on her left ski, she still managed a victory in her first run. It was her second win of the season.

Skiing in challenging and rut-laden conditions, Dollahan managed to race onto the podium in third place on her second run.

It was later determined that Dollahan had suffered a stress fracture in her ankle.

Cornelius, racing in his first super-G races ever, improved each run and took a bronze medal in his first race.

On Sunday, he took a silver in the first race and finished with a gold in his final race. The young phenom has won nine of the 11 races he has completed thus far.

Dalton Cherry also raced his first super-G and showed improvement throughout the series, regularly finishing just outside of the top 10. He missed 10th by a fraction of a second in one race.

At last Sunday’s J5 Festival at Sunlight Mountain Resort, Tyler Dollahan finished third and seventh in his two slalom runs.

Garrett Dollahan came away with a 23rd-place finish and Henry Barth an 18th-place run.

Devan McSwain took a gold home from her home mountain. Alexis Naylor had a third-place finish.

Ally Cornelius (14th- and 15th-place runs) and Skyler Adelman (28th, 32nd) also finished the day with strong results in the girls races.

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