We are in the middle of the season. Hopefully everyone is having a great time. All the hard work of the fall and early season should be paying off. Rocky/Central has had numerous camps and events throughout the winter so far. I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to all those hard-working parents, volunteers, officials, clubs and race organizers that have put in a huge amount of time and energy to host all the races and camps that happen in the region. Thank you for everything you do for the athletes.
I have attended many of the races and camps in the Region and there is a lot of good skiing going on. I have enjoyed watching everyone race. The Rocky/Central staff has been busy this winter working with a number of RC athletes.
Kristina Revello, Rocky/Central Regional Coach, has been traveling this winter. She was able to attend Nor Ams in December, she travelled with the women’s D Team in January, and then she led the U16 OPA Cup trip. Rocky/Central had athletes traveling on all of these projects. Kristina will be busy throughout the rest of the winter leading the Rocky/Central trips to US Junior Nationals, NorAm Finals and US Nationals. You will also see her at the Rocky/Central FIS Championships in Vail.
Patrick Mich, Central Division Manager, has also been very active. You would have found him at the Nubs Nob and Atmore FIS races, Indianhead Speed project and races and at the RC Regional Slalom qualifiers in LaCrosse. Patrick is headed to the Central Division Championships in Marquette, Michigan this coming weekend. This is one of the Central Division’s showcase events. It is a huge event where the division comes together to have a great camp and race for the Central athletes. Patrick will also be at the Rocky/Central U14 Junior Championships
I have been able to attend the FIS Jr National and US National qualifiers in Aspen, Steamboat and LaCrosse. I attended the big Indianhead speed project. This is such a good event for the Central athletes. We were able to have four runs closed off for the Central athletes with terrain and jumps built on three of them. Athletes were able to have three days of training, working on moving over terrain and learning about super-G. I saw a lot of improvement in the athletes throughout the camp. Thank you to the Central Division for their support of this project.
I was also able to watch and coach our RC athletes at the Pokal Loka Cup in Slovenia. What a treat that was! The athletes worked hard and showed a lot of improvement throughout the week. RC had one podium finish in the women’s giant slalom. Tianna Bruce, SSCV, finished in fifth. You can find more results here. I will be at RC U14 and U16 Junior Championships along with U16 Nationals.
We are in the middle of Championship qualification time of the year. You can find selection criteria here for RMD and Central. You can find selection lists for National Junior Championships here Rocky/Central Selections and National Selections. RMD U16 and U14 Selections here. Central U16 and U14 Selections. Once U.S. National selections are finalized you can find them here. Congratulations to all the athletes that qualified for Championships. If you didn’t qualify for a Championship event, there is still a lot of racing for you left in the season.
This is my favorite time of year. The weather has warmed up a bit, the days are getting longer, athletes have had a lot of training and are really skiing well. It is fun to watch. It is wonderful to be a part of everything we have going on in the region. I wish everyone the best of luck in the next two months of racing. Keep up the hard work, positive attitudes, and be sure to have fun.
The roster of athletes that will represent the U.S. at the 2020 World Junior Championships in Narvik, Norway was announced in a press release last week. Congratulations to the following Rocky/Central athletes who made the team!
Central Division News
Looking back over the past few weeks we had a very successful U14/U16 Speed Skills Camp at Indianhead with Marco Sullivan! U14 and U16 athletes from all over the Division came together to work on super-G skills such as wave tracks, jump progressions, gliding, and starts, followed by a super-G race on Monday. All the coaches in attendance did a wonderful job collaborating and working together to create a very efficient and impactful few days.
We also had a great turnout for the University of Northern Michigan LaCrosse Mid-Am U.S. Nationals qualifier. We welcomed our friends from Rocky as we showed we too can have dramatic flux in conditions. Thanks to all who helped put on a great three days of racing, especially those who helped with all the snow on Sunday.
We are coming up on our U14/16 Junior Championship Qualifiers in Marquette, February 21-23rd. We anticipate our largest competition fields this year with a lot of great head-to-head racing. The top athletes at this event will qualify to move on to compete in the R/C Junior Championship events at Steamboat Spring and Winter Park. Good luck to all athletes.
Coming up we have the University of Northern Michigan Spring FIS finale March 26-29th in Lutsen, MN. There will be two slalom and two giant slalom FIS races bringing the 2019-2020 Central Mid-Am series to a close. Intents are now open!
Ski Edge Lacerations
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is concerned about the growing number of serious lacerations caused from sharp ski edges when athletes fall on the ski hill. An ongoing survey is collecting data on such injuries in an attempt to educate the racing community and prevent serious injury. If you are aware of a serious laceration caused by ski edges in recent years please send the following data to Darlene Nolting and/or Jeff Weinman with US Ski & Snowboard:
Name and age of athlete, date of incident (month and year), resort or location where injury occurred, racing or training accident, and a brief description of the injury
Many coaches and race organizers now carry Stop the Bleed kits with them on the hill. You can learn more about Stop the Bleed training and acquire emergency kits at the Stop the Bleed website.
Rocky/Central Regional Director
Central Division Manager