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March 13th, 2014
The track season opens next week in Mammoth, and if members of the Mammoth Track Club are on the giddy side, it’s no wonder.
Two new members of the club, which is now sponsored by ASICS, turned in noteworthy performances at the L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 10, giving the club fuel for its first practice of the season on Tuesday, March 18.
The first practice, which starts at 7 a.m., is open to the public, said Coach Andrew Kastor.
The Mammoth Track Club came up big Sunday at the L.A. Marathon, with both Lauren Kleppin and Gabe Proctor turning in the best American times.
Training cancelled, race on hold, event postponed due to weather…those are just some of the phases that have plagued the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team U14s for the entire 2013-2014 season.
As a result by March 2 the U14s had completed just four USSA races for the entire season. And it didn’t look like this was going to change this past week as one of the largest storms this season dumped three and a half feet of new snow just prior to the Stacey Cook SG Challenge, scheduled for March 1-2.
Mammoth’s Lucas Underkoffler and Nikita Norton are in Colorado this weekend, after having won spots in the under-18 U.S. Nationals ski races this weekend at Copper Mountain.
Underkoffer and Norton both won spots as a result of their performances in the FIS Elite Wild West Classic at Snow King Mountain, Wyo., last weekend.
Seven other Mammoth Mountain Ski Team racers participated in the Wyoming event.
Norton placed fifth for the U18 ladies in the first slalom and Underkoffler was fifth for the second slalom and seventh in the final GS.
John Teller's Olympics were over almost before they started.
Teller, the mechanic who works for his Uncle Mike Fiebiger at the Alpine Garage, crashed out of the Olympic ski cross early, finishing 28th in a field of 32.
In a Facebook quote posted by his mother, Teller seemed to take the loss with a fair measure of philosophy.
"That's ski racing ... sometimes you win and sometimes you lose; just wasn't my day today."
There’s an old saying around here, that “if you put a speed race on the calendar, it will snow.”
Once again the old urban legend was on the money last week when snowy weather forced the Mammoth Mountain Race Department to scramble.
Pete Korfiatis, Head MMST FIS coach, described the scenario like this:
“Though the MMRD was ready to race, Mother Nature had different ideas. She came in with fury, and knowing how badly the mountain needed the snowfall no one was upset.
Larry Johnston says he knows one word in Russian.
It is “nyet,” the Russian word for “no.”
Debbie Teller says she knows one fewer word than Johnston.
Karl Teller, meanwhile, has been trying to pick up bits of Russian on his vehicle’s CD player, and Debbie says he might know five words by now, while Karen Johnston says she’s working on one word: “Dosvidaniya,” meaning goodbye.
The top halfpipe competitors in the U.S. and world may have been vying for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team in front on the Main Lodge deck, but over to the right, on the Andie's Double Gold race course, future Olympians were racing for their “gold” coming from Mimi’s Cookie Bar.
When three-time Olympian Kelly Clark fell on her first run of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic snowboard halfpipe finals, she instantly relived the 2006 Torino Olympics, where a fall put her in fourth place.
“I repeated my greatest defeat in the first run of finals,” said Clark, who already has locked up a spot on the 2014 Olympic Snowboarding team and who will appear among the many stars at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, today (Thursday, Jan. 16) through Sunday.
While most students spent the past two weeks on winter break, there was no break for members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Teams.
The athletes used every possible minute to train, including some very early mornings. And for some of the youngsters, Sunday, Jan. 5, the final day of their holiday break, was spent putting all of their hard work to the test.
December 31st, 2013
Ski races around the world are being postponed or cancelled on a daily basis due to the current warm and dry weather conditions, but, the Mammoth Race Department team didn’t let marginal snow conditions stop them from hosting the Mammoth Mountain Open Western Region FIS Series Dec. 19-22.
The race workers was able to pull off four days of racing for athletes representing the Far West, Northern, Intermountain, Rocky/Central and Eastern divisions.
With the world as their stomping ground, the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard teams were in full stride these pst couple of weeks.
Here are the results:
Clifford Mann FIS GS_Mammoth Mountain
The Mammoth Huskies basketball team, fresh off “character builder” losses at last weekend’s Whittell (Nev.) Tournament, is putting together the finishing touches before they begin play in the Desert Mountain League on Dec. 27.
If their 73-47 loss to Incline and their 71-38 loss to host school Whittell on Saturday was tough to take, their 56-48 victory against Lee Vining might have ameliorated the sting of the losses.
The bright spot in Nevada belonged to Fox Kailiawa.
The Tannenbaum Classic Nordic Ski Race started off the cross-country ski season Dec. 15 at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center with a crowd of nearly 80 racers, ranging from youngsters who were on cross country skis for the first time to college athletes and a two-time Olympian.
Adults raced a 10km race, high school athletes a 5km, and juniors raced in either a 2km or 1km race. A large contingent of junior alpine racers came to test their skills in “uphill” skiing.