VMS made history on February 24th, 2017 winning not one, but two State Championships in Skiing. After two days of alpine and Nordic events held in Steamboat Springs, both the boys and girls teams returned home with shiny new hardware. This is the first time that the girls team has won a State Championship in Skiing and only the second for the boys, whose last win was in 1991.
Ski racing is typically thought of as an individual sport, celebrating those who push the hardest and travel the fastest between two points. High School ski racing is different. While individual results are ranked and traditional podium placements apply, each race also has an overall winning team as a result of total accumulated points in both alpine and Nordic. And it was through team effort that the Gore Rangers earned their titles last week.
The State Championship is comprised of four races held over two days: Nordic classic; Nordic skate; alpine slalom; and alpine GS. While the boys had a decisive victory and a margin of nearly 100 points, it came down to single digits for the girls who won by just four points clearly demonstrating the importance and power of each and every athlete’s contribution.
Photos and accounts from the Vail Daily that tell the complete story are below. Thank you to Nancy Cole and Richard Carnes for contributing to the coverage.
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