Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Three-tracker Storey collects four bronzes

At disabled nationals

Last week's The Hartford U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Championships at Vail, Colo. turned into a terrific eye-opener and medal bounty for Ketchum's Elitsa Storey, 17.

Storey, the Bulgarian-born, Idaho-raised three-tracker (outriggers and one ski), made her first big international competition a memorable one by earning four bronze medals in the Women's Standup class.

A first-year member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team in the LW-2 category, Storey started her big week with a third-place less than seven seconds back in Thursday's downhill won by Denver University's Allison Jones of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Storey, who captured her first victory in super giant slalom at the 2004 Eastern Regionals, ended up a strong third behind winner Reinhild Moeller of Germany in Friday's SG.

Moeller also won Saturday's giant slalom and Sunday's slalom—with third-place Storey less than four seconds off the winning pace in the slalom.

Storey's personal motto is "Don't talk about doing it, just do it," and she did just that at Vail.

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