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Youngsters battle tough conditions

Norton family wins both gender divisions

Staff Report

More than 60 youth skiers battled difficult weather conditions on the final day of the Kinder Kup Series on Sunday at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Sixty-five skiers competed in a slalom, with Abby Norton winning the girls’ race with a two-race combined time of 47.23 seconds. She was followed by Madison Idso (50.17 seconds), Emily Mary Donahue (51.01), Jennie Symons (52.10) and Paige Hourigan (54.17).

With three wins on the season, Norton was crowned the Kinder Kup girls’ champion for 2006 with 75 points. Idso, based on her finish ahead of Donahue on Sunday, was the girls’ second-place overall finisher with 55 points. Donahue took third with 50 points.

The top three females and males were awarded trophies.

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In the boys’ slalom on Sunday, Payton Norton and Cole Harrity each came in with 45 points on the season, meaning whoever finished better in the slalom would be crowned the overall champion.

Norton emerged victorious on Sunday, recording a two-race time of 45.68 seconds and won the overall series title. Harrity took second in 45.88 seconds and also finished second for series.

“These boys go back and forth. Cole beats Payton and Payton beats Cole,” coach Sydney Dufty said. “It was exciting for the top kids, just as it was for the kids who have never raced gates before.”

Gordon Critz took third in the race (47.57 seconds) and was followed by Max Wingard and Hiroki Tominaga, who tied for fourth at 49.13 seconds.

“Although they are only six or younger, some take this very seriously, as if it were their Olympic debut,” said Heavenly coach Tanya Milleli.