Speed Development Athletes Find Success in Copper
Talented racers showed their speed in Copper at the Stifel Success NorAm Cup events, which also included the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships downhill.
In the women's race and the men's race, both veterans and young racers came out on top. Olympian Tricia Mangan took the win on the women's side, with Allison Mollin from Team Palisades Tahoe in second and Cheyenne Brown from Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club in third. Mangan was crowned National Champion in downhill, while Mollin was named Junior National Champion.
In the men's race, Stifel U.S. Alpine Team invitee and World Cup regular Sam Morse won by over a second, with Stifel U.S. Alpine Team athletes Kyle Negomir and Erik Arvidsson taking second and third. Morse was named National Champion, while Stifel U.S. Alpine Team athlete Jay Poulter finished 11th and won the Junior National Champion title.
“It was exciting to see the veterans Tricia Mangan and Sam Morse crowned as National Champions, and promising for the future to see some of our brightest young athletes – Allison Mollin and Jay Poulter – honored as Junior National Champions,” said Chip Knight, Stifel U.S. Alpine Team Development Director.
The Stifel U.S. Alpine Team has been hard at work prepping at Copper with speed training, as well as tech events. The conditions have been great with top-to-bottom lanes open. “Copper has been a tremendous supporter of our athletes’ ongoing development in the speed events – hosting the National Team every fall and supporting junior athlete training on their world-class speed venue,” said Knight. The resort will next host the freeski and snowboard World Cup events, the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix and the Visa Big AIr presented by Toyota, Dec. 14-18.