The Diamond Peak Ski Team’s U12 alpine ski racers have been busy competing with great success in races throughout the Sierra Nevada over the past few weeks.
Recent competitions included the Far West U12 Super G races at Mammoth, from March 15-17. U12 racers from Southern California, the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe visited Mammoth for speed racing under clear blue skies.
After training runs on Friday and Saturday, the athletes raced against the clock on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17. Super giant slalom (SGS) races were held on Denny’s Downhill on the spectacular and scenic Mammoth Chair 14 backside.
Each day presented the racers with rock-hard morning conditions thawing throughout the day. Wind from Mother Nature and salt kept the track mostly firm and fast.
On the gentlemen’s side, DPST’s effort was led by Matthew Smallhouse, who scored a podium third-place finish in Saturday’s super G and an eighth-place medal on Sunday. Other DPST boys’ SGS results at Mammoth were Saturday: Marek Hlubucek, 21st; Brent Wolf, 34th; and Satchel Hirsh, 44th; and on Sunday: Marek Hlubucek, 16th; Brent Wolf, 19th; and Satchel Hirsh, 33rd.
The DPST U12 ladies posted the following SGS results: Saturday: Julia Holm, 15th place medal; Katherine Johnson, 20th; Rachel Delaney 24th, Zoe Lacasse-Kirstine, 48th, Julia Capaldi, 52nd, Ella Kuzyk, 64th; and on Sunday: Katherine Johnson, 16th; Julia Holm, 17th; Rachel Delaney 20th; Zoe Lacasse-Kirstine, 49th; Julia Capaldi, 61st; Ella Kuzyk, 73rd; and Lucy Donahue, 79th.
The Mammoth speed event is a wonderful experience for young racers to test out ski racing at higher speeds in a secure and safely fenced environment. Several of DPST’s U12 and U14 racers will return to Mammoth at the end of April for the Far West U12-U14 Spring speed camp.