By Sean Crotty
HoliMont FLITE Team athletes Lexi Crotty and Wyatt Anktiewicz competed in their first NorAm at Killington this past weekend.
Representing the USA in the field of 43 females and 57 males was a very humbling experience for these two athletes. Skiing against top skiers from the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Bermuda was a great learning experience for the rookies on the NorAm Tour.
Saturday was singles day. Lexi ran 43rd out of the gate, the last female to run qualifiers. She had a very solid run that landed her in the Top 20- narrowly missing finals as the Top 16 advanced. Lexi finished 2.42 points away in 19th.
Wyatt ran 3rd in the mens qualifiers, and ran into a little difficulty on one bump in the middle section, causing him to bump out. He was scored a DNF (Did not finish) as he went around a control panel. Disappointing for sure, but in this field of ultra talented athletes, one little mistake is enough to cost you a spot in finals. Wyatt looked for redemption in duals on Sunday and found it.
Lexi, ranked 35th, lost her first dual against a 16th ranked Canadian skier in the Round of 64.
Wyatt, who came in ranked 27th, won his first dual against a 51st ranked American, and followed that up with a victory over a 53rd ranked skier from Japan. Wyatt then went againt Hunter Bailey, the 4th ranked skier in the contest. There he lost a hard fought dual, in the Round of 16.
Overall a great first NorAm experience for our FLITE Team athletes. They take their lessons learned, experience and excitement north of the border to Quebec this weekend as the NorAm Cup hits Val St Come QC.
To check out all of the runs, you can check out the You Tube Channel that records every run: https://www.youtube.com/channel /UCUk1FEi0RQpBl1SXcDpsQlg
To see full results from Moguls Saturday: http://live-scoring.at/nacmo
To see full results from Dual Moguls Sunday: http://live-scoring.at/nacdm