April 10, 2012 ~ FIS Races
The FIS calendar stayed busy, with racing to report from all quarters. In France, Charlie Raposo ’13 took 9th in the British Junior Nationals GS in Meribel, while in Winter Park, Colorado, Tucker Marshall was 13th in slalom at US Nationals.
The big series were the Quebec Spring Series, the Panorama FIS week and the just-concluded Mission Ridge, WA western FIS spring series. In Quebec, the familiar slopes of Stoneham and Le Relais outside of Quebec City played host to a gang of GMVS racers. In the opening GS at Stoneham, Simon-Claude Toutant ’09 enjoyed some home cooking, finishing 2nd. Danny Duffy ’12 was 13th in the strong field, while younger brother Drew ’13 was on the J2 podium in second for his age group. In the second GS, Drew took top honors for the young guns (19th overall), while Toutant finished 4th and Sandy Vietze ’11 finished 13th.
The guys then headed down the road to Le Relais for slaloms, and after picking up 15th in the opener, Sandy Vietze stormed to 5th in the finale. Simon-Claude Toutant took a 10th in the last race, while Drew Duffy was again on the J2 podium, taking 2nd on the last day after being 3rd in the opening slalom.
In Panorama, Chris Frank was the story. In 6 races, Chris took away 5 top-ten results in 3 disciplines, highlighted by a 3rd-place finish in GS.
Finally, the Mission Ridge series brought over a week’s worth of racing to the schedule, and the GMVS women got off to a great start. In the opening GS, senior Maddie Leopold grabbed the first FIS win of her career, as she bested teammate (and future collegiate opponent) Amy McLaughlin PG ‘12, who finished second. Junior Kelly Glander was 12th, just ahead of classmate Gabby Pasteris in 13th. The racing got a whole lot tougher for the rest of the series, but the season was capped in the final slalom by Marlene Thoma ’14, who recorded her best slalom result to date with a stellar 7th place finish, by far the best J2 in the field.
The guys’ races featured many of the folks who had just been battling it out in Quebec, and Sandy Vietze proved up to the challenge, as he swept the pair of slaloms in a very strong field. He also took 6th in one Super G and tied for 7th in GS. Brian McLaughlin ’12 of the USST regained his form, making the podium in Super G (3rd) and taking 5th and 13th in GS. Simon-Claude Toutant kept the heat on, finishing 5th in Super G and 7th in slalom. Tucker Marshall was consistently in the hunt, with his best finish, a 4th place result, coming in slalom. He also had a 9th and 11th in Super G and a 9th in GS. The Duffy Boys were also busy, with Danny locking into 11th place in both GS races, while Drew, tied for 16th with Thomas Woolson ’12, finished on top of the J2 pile in GS. Woolson also had 2 strong slaloms, finishing 11th and 13th.