Taylor and Dresen 2012 US Telemark National Champions

Sunday  – Zoe Taylor and Charlie Dresen crowned National Champions
The Giant Slalom was held today under sunny New England skies.  It is true, that after yesterday’s race, the 2012 National Champions had been determined after both Zoe Taylor and Charlie Dresen had won each of the last 3 races.  But there was still a great competition to determine the 2nd and 3rd place Champions.  Newcomers 16 year old Sarah Carley of Brentwood, NH finished 2nd overall and local Gilford racer Sara Godek took third place.  The competition was tight for the 2nd and 3rd place Overall title for the men.  Today, Jeffrey Gay was the fastest man in the Giant Slalom race which earned him 2nd Overall, followed by Andy Minier who took 2nd for the day and 2nd all.  The men’s Citizens division was very competitive.  Today Fransois Prevost, former Canadian World Cup, racer finished 1st.  Larry Bosche of Berkeley, CA was 2nd on borrowed bindings and Jody Miller of East Aurora, NY was third.  Today’s results put Keith Rodney of Wilmington, VT into 1st place overall for Men’s Citizens, Jody Miller in 2nd and Larry Bosche into 3rd.  Dylan Weglarz won the Junior Men’s division.  Special mention for some junior racers who joined us for their first judged races. Coreen Carley of Bentwood, NH; Samantha Devens of Holliston, MA; Andreas Foulk of Steamboat Springs, CO (his 3rd time on tele skis), Autumn Hausthor of  Bennington, VT, Antoine Belanger-Morin of St. Laurent Quebec.

A very special thank you to Josh Lanzetta for organizing this event and the staff at Gunstock.  Thank you to the parents and friends and strangers who volunteered as officials, gate judges, registration, timing, scorboard, and many more behind the scenes duties.  We all leave Gunstock with new friends and a great sense of camaraderie.  USTSA hopes to return to New England soon!
Sunday Giant Slalom Results
2012 National Champion – Overall Results

Action Photos by Mike Visnick
Candid Photos by Mike Visnick

Saturday – Sprint Classic
Charlie Dresen is on his game this weekend with a commanding win today with a time of 2:04.60. It appears that 2nd and 3rd place are up for grabs this weekend.  Andy Minier had a great race and finished in 2nd place with a time of 2:10.00, followed by a very close 3rd place by Jeffrey Gay with a time of 2:10.36.
Saturday Sprint Classic Results

Friday – Annual General Meeting
The membership of USTSA met Friday afternoon at Gunstock, with most members attending.  Complete minutes will be published next week. Many valuable suggestions were made and a number of ideas were suggested for the organization.  There was good discussion.  As a volunteer organization, with limited financial and time resources, we are fortunate that member Bill Pammer has offered to work with us to develop a Strategic Plan so that USTSA can prioritize our goals, making the most of our resources.  Planning is Bill’s profession and we are grateful to have his expertise and guidance with this project.  To see his proposal about this project, click here>

Kare Anderson with US Team members

It has been 12 years since USTSA held a Nationals race in New England, at Mt. Snow, VT.  It is great to be back here and connect with old friends and to find some great telemark racers of all ages.  Today we were fortunate to have Kare Anderson, legend of telemark sking in New England,  attend today’s two Classic races. Some names to be watching include:  Sarah Carley celebrated her 16th birthday yesterday, and had smiles all day as she competed in her first judged race.  She skis with the Tele group in Waterville Valley and was the 2nd fastest woman on the course each day.  Other juniors racing are Antoine Belanger-Morin of Quebec and Dylan Weglarz of Waterville Valley.  It is so exciting to see these young skiers on the race course.  Meanwhile, veteran team member, Charlie Dresen has the fastest man on the hill in all 3 races thus far.  Zoe Taylor has been the fastest women.

Friday Classic 1 Results
Friday Classic 2 Results

It was a sunny afternoon at Gunstock and  26 racers came out for today’s Bonus – add on race.  It was a sprint classic.  The weather was  warm and sunny, the snow had softened by the afternoon. It was a good way to get skis on the snow and into the race course before the main event begins tomorrow.  Congratulations to ALL!  Tomorrow, check in between 7 and 8 am.  Inspection begins a 8 am.
Thursday Results