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Summit Lake Racers ski to podium at final race

Foster Katchen shows off his medals from the U10 slalom and giant slalom races. - Deanne Katchen
Foster Katchen shows off his medals from the U10 slalom and giant slalom races.
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By Deanne Katchen, Summit Lake Racers

On Sunday, while Nakusp was getting dumped with snow, Summit Lake Racer’s were at their final race of the season in Salmo.

The team had a special mascot this race with Finn Watt on the sideline shaking his cowbell and cheering for all of his teammates. Finn is still recovering from a knee injury he got two weeks ago from doing what he loves — skiing!

Cheyenne Tourand will also be recovering from a wrist injury she received Sunday on her first run of the day. She was not able to finish her slalom run, but she was checked over by first aid and given some ice.

Cheyenne was in the lodge icing her swollen wrist and next thing all I heard was her saying, “I’m gonna try racing my GS, I don’t want to let’em down!”

Coach Daryl replied, “Are you sure Chey? That a girl, awesome!”

They high-fived (with Chey’s good hand) and were out the door.

The rest of the day was great for all the SLR’s. Most of the racers hung around for the rest of the day to free ski with everyone and to wait for the awards.

The zone final race results were SLR team three placed third, SLR team two placed second and SLR team one placed first.

In the slalom U10 girls Cedar Cameron-Harding received a bronze medal and in slalom U10 boys Foster Katchen received a gold medal.

In slalom U12 girls Zoe Zinnselmeyer received a bronze medal. In the giant slalom U10 girls Cedar Cameron-Harding received a silver medal and in the giant slalom U10 boys Foster Katchen received a silver medal.

All the SLR’s sure were screaming their little heads off in excitement for their final day.

It is so great to see how the Nancy Greene race program doesn’t only teach our children to race, but many other important things. The care the racers showed to both Finn and Chey and the way the older kids support and shadow the young ones while they race and free ski is truly amazing and so nice to see.

Thank you again to all the volunteer Coaches, high-school students, parents and many others that allow the program to continue running and getting our little hill and racers on the map.

Ski ya next season.

 

 

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