Sunlight skiers win big in Crested Butte, Steamboat
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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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