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Tanner Visnick wins Bronze

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club telemark athlete Tanner Visnick claimed a bronze medal in the Junior Wolrd Championship Classic Event in Geilo, Norway!  

Following the race, Tanner wrote, "Third in Juniors today! Perfect course: icy, steep, and long. Very pleased after a rough couple of days!"

Congratulations Tanner! On to Rjukan Norway for the last 3 races of the World Cup season.
Tanner Visnik 3rd in Norway

Canadian Race Camp

SSWSC and National Telemark Ski Team members Tanner Visnick and Lyta Foulk, and National Team and SSWSC coach Ty Upson returned on July 21 from a six day joint US - Canadian telemark race camp.  The camp, organized by the BC Telemark Ski Association, was held on the Blackcomb Glacier at the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Area in British Columbia.  The camp was attended by a wide range of skiers including members of both the US and Canadian National Telemark Ski Teams.  This was the second year the camp was held at this spectacular location and the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  In addition, there has been some changes to the National Team.  This year Tanner Visnick moved from the National B Team to the A Team and Lyta Foulk moved up to the B Team from the development squad.  A complete list of the changes to the National Team will be forthcoming and will include other SSWSC members. 

Telemark World Cup brings best skiers to slopes of Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Springs — The snow was good, the temperatures were good, and the visibility was good Tuesday morning on the slopes of the Vagabond ski run at Steamboat Ski Area.

It was the perfect setting for the first of four World Cup Telemark races in Steamboat Springs this week, and it proved to be a perfect day for Switzerland’s Amelie Reymond, who won the women’s race, and Germany’s Tobias Mueller, who took the top spot for the men.

The field was filled with local favorites, but at the end of the day, none of them could match the world’s best Telemark skiers to grab a place on the podium.

Steamboat’s Madi McKinstry was the top American to finish in the women’s race, placing seventh, and Jeffrey Gay led the men with a 12th-place showing.

“The conditions were great to the skiers who won, but not so much for me,” McKinstry said. “It was a long race, and things just didn’t go my way.”

McKinstry had hoped to make a run at the podium in her hometown race. But current World Cup leader Amelie Reymond, of Switzerland, ended up winning the race in a time of 3 minutes, 11.44 seconds.

France’s Laura Grenier Soliget was second at 3:20.78, and Norway’s Mathilde Ilebrekke was third in 3:20.95. McKinstry finished with a time of 3:41.25.

The finishes were not unexpected; Reymond has won five of the six World Cup races this season and was second to Ilebrekke in the other race. Mc­Kinstry, a sophomore at Montana State University, only has competed in a couple of World Cups this year, with her best finish, a sixth, coming in Les Contamines Montjoie, France, in December.

“I think we are all shooting for Amelie right now,” McKinstry said. “It’s possible to beat her, but it’s going to take a really solid run.”

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