Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Adrian Beauregard competed in the Rocky Central Division U16 Alpine Championships with healthy standards.
“I just wanted to come to the championships and do my best,” he said. “I wasn’t really looking for nationals.”
Turns out his best was the best.
After a race, Beauregard was in first place. He waited his turn to speed All Out at Steamboat Resort, while a tough section of the course knocked out some of his toughest competition. Beauregard was warned that a series of gates had knocked some skiers down too low and spat out a few others. Not only did Beauregard have to navigate the section, he had to do it faster than anyone else if he wanted the win.
“In my head, I’m already at the bottom with the win,” Beauregard said. “We have to push to the end. »
Not only did Beauregard win the giant slalom race on Friday March 11, but he also won the super-G and alpine combined races. He also finished third in the downhill race.
In slalom he had the second fastest run, but was disqualified on his second run, dashing his hopes of a podium finish in every event.
Beauregard was the only Steamboat man to make the podium, but teammate Curtis Zanni notched two fourths in the downhill and super-G. Caspian Troan, who skis Steamboat but hails from Norway, was fourth in the slalom and fifth in the giant slalom.
Caman Beauregard, the youngest of the Beauregard twins, finished fifth in the slalom. He hoped to continue his success in the technical events in giant slalom and found himself 15th after one run. He gave it his all in the second moto, placing him 12th. In a field of more than 50 riders, 12th is fine, but Caman considered it “far behind” in the field.
“In this situation you have to give it your all,” he said. “It’s a bit difficult to be back there. It’s the mindset of knowing you have it in you and you are capable of winning.
The women’s giant slalom race also ended with a Steamboat skier in the lead.
Abby Olson set the fastest time in the first run, but that didn’t reassure her. The top four runners were all within 0.06 seconds of each other. Olson couldn’t hold anything back.
“With everyone close in this race, which was close, my plan was just to push and do my best,” Olson said. “If I don’t go fast enough, too bad.”
Noelle Roth was in a similar position to Olson in the giant slalom. She posted the second fastest time at the start of the second run. She skied hard, but skied. Roth had a few DNFs on the score sheets this week, but also had several podium finishes. She finished second in downhill and third in slalom. She was a big help in getting the Steamboat girls to have someone on the podium in every event except the super-G.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Roth said. “We work hard as a team and as individuals. I think it’s pretty cool that we got to the podium almost every time.
In the downhill, the Steamboat girls swept the podium as Mollie McTigue won, Roth took second and Olson finished third. McTigue also finished third in the alpine combined.
Olson finished the week with four podium finishes. Victory in the giant slalom, third place in the downhill as well as second places in the alpine combined and in the slalom.
Now that she knows what she can do, she has high expectations for Nationals.
“I think I probably have high standards for Nationals,” Olson said. “Hopefully the first three of my events.”
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