Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sports summary

Thom Weisel honored by Olympic Foundation

One of the most notable supporters of the U.S. Ski Team's Olympic athletes since 1977, longtime Ketchum resident Thom Weisel has been honored by the U.S. Olympic Foundation. Weisel was recognized with the Foundation's George M. Steinbrenner III Sport Leadership Award at a ceremony in New York.

"Thom Weisel's unwavering passion for athletics has directly benefited our athletes for nearly four decades," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt.

Weisel's athletic achievements span four decades and include being a five-time national speed skating champion in the 1950s, masters skiing national medalist and three-time world champion in masters cycling. He has directed an array of business enterprises and has served on numerous boards. A passionate skier, Weisel has played a vital role with the USST for 35 years and is one of its most active supporters. "I have received far more than I have given to this sport," said Weisel.

SVSEF alpine racers at Alyeska, Panorama

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation J1 (ages 17-19) and J2 (15-16) alpine ski racers posted some solid results during last week's FIS (International Ski Federation) technical races at Alyeska, Alaska and the Audi Couple NorAm Cup Dec. 11-16 at Panorama, British Columbia, Canada.

Racing to podium placings in the 47-racer boys' field at Alyeska were Harlan Collins (1-J1, 2nd overall slalom; 1-J1, 4th overall giant slalom), Kipling Weisel (2-J2, 3rd overall SL; 3-J2, 6th overall SL), KJ Savaria (3-J2, 4th overall SL; 2-J2, 4th overall SL), Connor Farrow (3-J1, 6th overall SL; 3-J1, 7th overall SL) and Tanner Dirstine (3-J1, 8th overall GS). In the 64-racer girls' field, Jordan Fitzgerald posted a couple of top-30 finishes (16-J2, 28th overall SL; 11-J2, 26th GS).

Top SVSEF placings at Panorama were J2 Teagen Palmer (25-J2, 42nd overall GS, 34th overall super giant slalom), Sierra Fox (40th overall SL) and Tanner Farrow (7-J2, 26th overall SL; 9-J2, 31st SG). Independent racers from Sun Valley were Miles Fink-Debray (22nd overall GS, 26th overall SG, 12th super combined) and Miles Sweek (21-J2, 43rd overall SL).

Shootout wins for Midget high school hockey

The Sun Valley Midget high school team earned a pair of 2-2 shootout victories over Salmon last weekend—Eli Conrad and Drew Barsch tallying the game winners in the shootouts and goalie Cassidy Carson saving all five shootout attempts by Salmon skaters in each triumph. Goals during regulation time of those games came from Barsch (assist to Liam Jablonski), Conrad (Tom Crosby), Crosby (Conrad) and Conrad (Crosby). In Friday's 2-2 tie with Bishop Kelly of Boise, Erik Wilander had a goal (Jablonski) and Jablonski scored the other Sun Valley goal (Riley Sibbach).

Jacobellis wins SBX at Telluride

X Games champion Lindsey Jacobellis, 26, of Stratton Mountain, Vt. broke the ice with the first U.S. win at Telluride, Colo. Friday. She cruised to victory in the USANA Snowboardcross Cup in the opening SBX event of the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup. Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) ended up third in the new six-man heat format behind France's Pierre Vaultier, who remained undefeated at Telluride.

Jacobellis' 24th World Cup win in 55 starts was the first for a U.S. rider in the three-year history of the World Cup at Telluride. Hailey's Graham Watanabe placed 36th of 68 men in the men's SBX Friday.

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