On Sunday the alpine guys and gals paired up with junior ski racers from the Middlebury Snow Bowl Ski Club to do a dryland session in the New Virtue Field House. Following a speed and agility based warm up, they moved on to do an age appropriate circuit based workout. Plenty of hard work was witnessed in the session, but an equal amount of smiles. the reward was cider, cider doughnuts and apples. Keep up the good work both young and old!
Middlebury College alpine skier Rob Cone (Killington, Vt.) has been named the National Men’s Alpine Skier of the Year by the United States Collegiate Skiing Coaches Association (USCSCA). Cone had a stellar sophomore season at Middlebury in 2015, winning the NCAA Championship in the giant slalom.
No men’s alpine skier in the east dominated the carnival circuit this year like Cone. He earned the GS Leader Award from the EISA and was a first-team selection. Cone won the first three giant slalom events of the season, placing second and third in two others. His slalom results were equally impressive with three second-place efforts and one third. Cone finished the carnival season ranked first in the east in the GS and second in the slalom.
At the NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, New York. Cone became the first men’s individual skiing champion to represent Middlebury atop the podium since Robert MacLeod took home the men’s slalom title in 1989. His top finish in the GS earned him All-American honors for the second time in his career (2011). Cone’s finish aided Middlebury to win the team national title in the GS event.
wow. wow. wow. wow. wow. wow.
AMAZING week of racing at Whiteface Mt. in Lake Placid, NY. Thanks so much to Willi Steinrotter and John Norton for their hard work all winter long getting that hill in tip-top shape.
If you missed the action on Thursday and Saturday here are the links to the NCAA replay:
The team did an amazing job at the championships. Rob Cone clinched his first NCAA Giant Slalom title with a first team All-American honors, Chris McKenna had a 3rd place podium finish as well in the Giant Slalom with a first team All-American nod as well, Mary Sackbauer was 9th in the Slalom earning a second team All-American honors, and Rob Cone was 10th in the Slalom earning himself another All-American honor! As an Alpine and Nordic combined team, Middlebury placed 8th. Congratulations to all our NCAA competitors. Super fun week of racing.[caption id="attachment_4585" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rob Cone Wins the GS Title
Photo Cred: Dennis Curran[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4586" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chris McKenna racing to a 3rd place finish. Photo red: Dennis Curran[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4587" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rob waving the Middlebury Flag. Photo red: Dennis Curran[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4588" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chris on the Podium at NCAAs. Photo red: Dennis Curran[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4589" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rob Cone and Chris Mckenna on the Podium at NCAAs. Photo cred: Dennis Curran[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4590" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Mary Sackbauer skiing into 9th overall. Photo red: Dennis Curran[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4591" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Katelyn Barclay skiing into the finish at the Slalom at NCAAs. Photo cred: Dennis Curran[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4592" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Group Photo of the NCAA team and Middlebury Fans. Photo red: Dennis Curran[/caption]
Phew, glad the first one is under our belts.
There’s so much anticipation entering the first carnival weekend that sometimes you feel like you really can’t enjoy the skiing that’s going on. Whelp, I definitely enjoyed this carnival weekend’s skiing – that’s for SURE! 3rd place overall on the weekend is definitely something to be happy with considering the competition! 3rd place also reminds me that we didn’t hit our FULL potential. AKA – Middlebury Skiing can be EVEN FASTER than 3rd on the weekend! Truth.
Regardless, a HUGE congrats to Rob Cone for his GS win and to Chris McKenna on being Mr. Consistent with a 3rd place finish in the GS. Those guys really know how to put it down the hill. And the cool thing is that our other carnival guys are right with them AND beating them in training! TEAM STACKED.[caption id="attachment_4548" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cone racing back in 2011 Won this weekend’s GS at Bates Carnival[/caption]
With solid performances on our women’s side as well, we really did start the season off on the right foot.
Congrats to Nordic Teammate, Heather Moon-Dawg Mooney, on her insane DOUBLE VICTORY this weekend. This chick scored some massive points and I’m dubbing her the “Middlebury Skier of the Week.”
We just finished up an awesome high-volume session at the bowl pictured below, and can’t wait to get out there tomorrow and continue the push towards the weekend.[caption id="attachment_4549" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Training SL on Allen[/caption]
Save The Date:
Middlebury Ski Team Alumni, Parents and Friends of Skiing
Winter Carnival Reception
You are cordially invited to join current Middlebury Ski Team members, as well as the coaching staff, in celebration of the Middlebury Winter Carnival.
WHEN: Saturday, February 14th, 2015
WHERE: Two Brothers Tavern (lounge downstairs)
The reception will include light food and beverages.
We hope to see you there.
Stever Bartlett – Alpine Ski Team
Andrew Johnson- Nordic Ski Team
Always the favorite day of the year for both our Middlebury College team and the Middlebury Ski Club! Thanks for a great day on the hill, Buddies! Best of luck to everyone this racing season! Get out there and have FUN!