Four Athletes Excel at CanAms
By Caitlin Croft
The United States National Championships took place at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho March 23-27. HoliMont Racing native Patricia Mangan, now a member of the U.S. Ski Team, had a phenomenal race series, besting many veteran U.S. Ski Team members.
Day one was an Alpine Combined which is made up of one Downhill or Super G run and one Slalom run. Mangan podiumed, taking the bronze medal, finishing only 0.38 seconds behind the gold! On day two, Mangan took the bronze medal once again for her Super G performance. Day three was a Slalom race, and Mangan found herself in the top 10 taking 8th. On the final day of competition, Mangan finished 14th. Congratulations to the HoliMonter on her magnificent achievements this year!
CanAm Intersport Championships
Last week, Mont Tremblant in Quebec hosted the U16 CanAm Intersport Championships. Holiday Valley sent two athletes, Anya Elizondo & Candice Kasahara, and HoliMont sent Carson Foxcroft & Gage Thibodeau. This event consisted of four days of racing. Day one was a Super G for both men and women. Day two was a Giant Slalom for the women, day three the men competed in a Giant Slalom, and on day four all athletes skied Slalom races.
Day One: Thibodeau finished 41st, followed by teammate Foxcroft in 44th. Kasahara took 45th and Elizondo finished 63rd.
Day Two: Elizondo improved on her Super G result finishing 48th. Kasahara had another strong finish in 54th.
Day Three: Foxcroft had the best result of the series finishing 32nd. Thibodeau placed 42nd.
Day Four: Thibodeau took an impressive 35th on the last day of competition. Foxcroft did not finish his first run. Elizondo placed 40th with the best result for the women in the series and Kasahara took 47th.
Let’s take a second to appreciate the time, dedication, athleticism and mental stamina it took for all of these four athletes to qualify for this race. It is not often that Ellicottville’s mountains send this many kids to such an elite competition, and everyone should be proud of the results considering they had significantly less time on snow this season. Good luck to all athletes in their spring/summer/fall athletic endeavors. We look forward to covering your successes next season!