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For the week of April 4 through April 10, 2001

Great time for a great cause

At the Bill Janss Pro-Am Classic

Express Staff Writer

The skiing seventies were a time of groovin’ and movin’.

Astraltunes, gaiters, cheetahs, Demetre sweaters, the Head Ski girls, streaking, screw-top wine and getting down at Elevation 6000.

With the exception of the bad wine, it all sprang to life again with last weekend’s 2001 Bill Janss Pro-Am Classic.

The fourth annual event featured three days of good times and good vibes for a great cause, to raise funds for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

And all participants, from the racers, to the sponsors to the onlookers, hooked into the mood, one of community, love of the sport and Sun Valley’s classic ski history.

At Saturday’s awards party, Glenn Janss said of her late husband, "It was an awesome weekend. It was so full of spirit. Bill would have loved it."

The awards banquet at Sun Valley’s Limelight Room culminated three days of festivities featuring parties, lunches, and, of course—ski racing.

In a dual slalom format, 20 teams of six racers each, went head-to-head on Baldy’s Lower Warm Springs ski run.

Despite the multitude of talent—Olympians Christin Cooper, Sondra Van Ert, Muffy Davis, Reggie Crist, Mike Jacoby, Terry Palmer, Tyler Palmer, and Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, plus Baldy mainstays, world cuppers and pros—the event retained a friendly spirit of competition and camaraderie.

"Friends of Janss" with Kenny Corrock, Fay Monsen Kirby, Peder Monsen, Johnny Gudmundsson, Brent Hansen and Mark Masur placed first with 10 total points.

In second place with seven points was "Team Verge" with Ben Verge, John Reagle, Deeder Petersen, Andy Berman, Haley Verge and Terry Palmer.

"The Sliders" beat out "The Acorns" by one point to claim third. Sliders team members were Eric Carlson, Tag Kleiner, Jeff Gilberti, Chris Cummings, Ned Post and Erika Whittaker.

"Team R" with Hank Minor, Nick Lewis, Tyler Ferris, Adele Savaria, Karoline Droege and Pat Bauman won the Speed Cup for fastest combined runs in Friday’s handicapping races.

The Sun Valley Ski Foundation took time out to honor the Crist family—parents Roger and Diane, and kids Reggie, Danielle and Zach, all of whom raced for the Sun Valley Ski Team.

Former SVSEF head coach/program director Lane Monroe remarked, "You know the Little League parents and I kept waiting for the push. But all I got was, ‘would you like some help?’

"It’s a tribute to the support the kids got from mom and dad and it came down through the ski team too."

Hats were off to event co-chairs Kate Berman and Mila Riggio.

"They did a great job," SVSEF executive director Sheryl Schowengerdt said. "No detail was overlooked."

Schowengerdt estimated close to $70,000 was raised for the foundation, which runs four programs; alpine, nordic, snowboard and freestyle, for 382 local kids.

Four-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres addressed Saturday’s throng, which included such skiing luminaries as Dick and Migs Durrance and Christian Pravda.

"I was very thankful to have youth programs growing up. The biggest thing I learned was not to put an age limit on your dreams," said Torres.




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