March 8, 2012 ~ PG Mary Kate Cirelli, Kaitlin
Fitzgerald '12 Devlin Shea '12, and Hans Halvorsen '12 are representing GMVS in
the USSA Cross Country Skiing Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Utah.
They are competing for New England against more than 400 other junior skiers
from 10 regions around the nation at the 2002 Olympic venue that is notoriously
difficult because of its long climbs and high altitude.
Racing began with
a 1.3-kilometer sprint. Sprint racing begins with an individual qualifier on
the racecourse, after which the 30 fastest skiers in each age class are seeded
for... Read more...
March 5, 2012 ~ PG Mary Kate Cirelli, Kaitlin Fitzgerald '12 Devlin Shea '12, and Hans Halvorsen '12 are representing GMVS in the USSA Cross Country Skiing Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Utah. They are competing for New England against more than 400 other junior skiers from 10 regions around the nation at the 2002 Olympic venue that is notoriously difficult because of its long climbs and high altitude.
Racing began yesterday with a 1.3 kilometer sprint. Sprint racing begins with an individual qualifier on the race course, after which the 30 fastest skiers in each age class are seeded... Read more...
February 27, 2012 ~ The second round of MVP Health Care J3 States
took place at Stratton (boys) and Okemo (girls), and the results were most
impressive. On the North American trail at Stratton, Scott Schibli ’15 started
things off on the right foot, skiing solidly to squeak out a win by 0.02
seconds. Christian Gallagher ’15 joined him on the podium in 3rd
place, with classmate Eli Swing just behind him in 4th. Also making
the first page were eighth-graders Sebastian Halpern-Reiss (12th),
Tim Gavett (14th) and Patrick Gallagher (15th). The GS on Sunday saw no fewer than 5 GMVS
skiers in the... Read more...
February 15, 2012JII/II USSA Races
There were several big events around the region, and our skiers
figured in the top scoring in nearly every race. The VT JI/II State
Championships just concluded at Okemo, GMVS skiers found the podium in 7 of the
8 races. Senior Simona Croccolo capped the series by taking the title in the
Super G on Monday by over a half-second. Also in the mix were junior Storey
Dyer-Kloman, who took 5th on her former ‘home hill’, Ellie Boynton
’14 in 11th and Eklutna Kenney ’14 in 14th. The guys also
grabbed a podium spot, with Alva Swing ‘ finishing in 3rd place.
Senior... Read more...
Head Coach Justin Beckwith sent along this
update from the Nordic world:
Last week was a great week for the Nordic Program. We hosted a locals’ Flex Term week with five
charges from the Mad River Bill Koch League program and Harwood Middle School,
and the crew skated around a challenging sprint track on the upper field on
campus, some of the best XC skiing in the Valley! Heidi Halvorsen ’13 and MK Cirelli PG ‘12 had
a chance to race in the Dartmouth Carnival, where there were also some great
results for Alumni. The rest of the crew raced in the Vermont J2/Eastern High
School Qualifier in... Read more...
Joe Swensson ’04 continues to battle it out on
the tough ski cross circuit, and last week he was 6th in the Sprint
US Grand Prix at Canyons, UT. He was the top American finisher, and had this to
say about his race (from www.ussa.org):
really happy with my day overall. It would have been nice to get into the
finals. I've had some bad luck in the last run there, I ran into a guy, but
that's a part of ski cross. It was nice to catch up here in to fifth. I wish I had
my teammates with me, but next time. Read more...
February 4, 2012 ~ PG Anna Kikut '11 was out west this week racing in the North American series and placed 11th over all in the Slalom today. She was the second junior (under 20 years old) loosing the first junior spot to Canadian Randa Teschner by a mere .04 seconds.FIS Results Read more...
February 5, 2012 ~ There is plenty going on around here to keep folks entertained during the few moments they have of ‘down-time’. This past week is no exception. On Wednesday, the kids were treated to a magic show, courtesy of Fitch Spencer (and his 16th birthday bash, hosted by his folks). Several of our students served as ‘assistants’ for the comedian/magician who did a great job of amazing us with his sleight of hand, as well as his gentle ribbing of his youthful helpers on stage. Out on the lower field, a group of students has begun to resurrect the hockey rink, and with the cold snap... Read more...
February 5, 2012 ~ In December, most of the
students in the upper-level German classes took the National German Exam, which
is offered annually by the American Association of Teachers of German. The exam
consists of listening and written exercises, and is given in varying levels,
corresponding to the number of years the student has studied German.
The results came in
this week, and there are some impressive performances to report. Junior Nick
Post earned the highest score of all students in northern New England who took
the Level 3 exam, earning him ‘gold level’ recognition… he missed all... Read more...
February 5, 2012 ~ The Nordic team had a
busy weekend of racing at Trapps, as the Eastern Cup series teamed up with the
Super Tour and the UVM carnival to provide a fantastic pair of events. Saturday
brought the 5k classic races, and junior Heidi Halvorsen had an impressive
race, finishing second for the JIs and 14th overall in an incredibly
strong field. PG MK Cirelli was 6th for the OJ group. In the men’s
10k race, Dylan Grald took 10th place for the home squad, while
Dartmouth’s David Sinclair was 6th for the OJs. Sunday presented the
skating races, and it was again Heidi Halvorsen making... Read more...
The slopes have been
busy places all week, and GMVS racers have moved up to the podium once again.J4'sWe’ll start with our youngest racers, the J4s, who raced GS at Burke last week.
7th-grader Maddie Davis took the gold for the overall race, while
Katie Queally also turned heads with her second-run win (she fell in the
opening run). For the boys, Justin Boes
took home the bronze in the overall, with Ian Woolson taking 10th
and Toby Lanser 14th. Also fast in one run was Nick Skovran, who
tied for second in the second run.
FIS & NorAMIn FIS action, the
calendar was again full, and the... Read more...
February, 3, 2012 ~ Danny Duffy '12 and Drew Duffy '13 shared the podium at the Men's FIS Downhill today. Danny took home the gold, with Drew taking the bronze. Pictures are Courtesy of Doug Williams. Additional pictures from the Sugarloaf Downhill are available on his Smugmug site. Read more...
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January 17, 2012 On Saturday the t-bar and snowmaking upgrades to the Kelly
Brush Race Arena got their proper ribbon-cutting, as a horde of Ski Club
members, GMVS staff and students, Sugarbush representatives, as well as Vermont
government figures took part in the official opening celebration. The
sun-splashed day featured a dual GS that covered the length of the new lift, as
well as post-race festivities. The event was a huge success, and you can watch
video coverage from WCAX out of Burlington:
January 10, 2012~ On January 14, 2012 Vermont lawmakers will be
on hand to celebrate the opening of the Kelly Brush Race arena at Sugarbush
Resort. Green Mountain Valley School and the GMVS/Sugarbush Ski Club are
hosting a fun race and ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the newly
installed T-Bar running from the bottom of the Inverness trail to the bottom of
an upper Poma lift, and the purchase 20 energy-efficient snow guns for use in
the race arena.
Sugarbush and GMVS have been cooperating to
create a World Class race arena. "Sugarbush is pleased to support the
world class alpine... Read more...
January 7, 2012 ~Heidi Halvorsen'13 was named to the US Scandinavian Championship Team. This team is comprised of six of the top J1 Boys and Girls from the US Cross Country Nationals held this week in Rumford, Maine. Heidi will represent the US Ski Team in competition in Latvia and Estonia this February.Heidi is the third GMVS athlete to be named to this trip and continues to build on the tradition of Nordic Skiing at GMVS (Kristin Halvorsen 2009 and David Sinclair 2010). Read more...
December 22 2011 ~The FIS calendar was busy over the past few
weeks, and GMVS skiers have been making some noise, with lots of top finishes
all over the place. Most recently, the action was in Maine, New Hampshire and
Quebec, and the podium featured plenty of familiar faces.
The guys were split between Sugarloaf for the
Eastern Cups and Attitash for Development FIS races. Despite the challenging
snow conditions (at least there was snow…), GMVS skiers found their way to the
top of the heap. In the opening slalom, PG Sandy Vietze ‘11 had his best slalom
result ever, finishing 2nd in a tough... Read more...
December 22, 2011 ~ The folks at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center
really pulled off a miracle, as their snowmaking efforts weathered yet another
visit by the “Banana Express” and resulted in a fast, fair track for the
opening Eastern Cup races.
On Saturday, the racers competed in two classic
races: a morning sprint and an afternoon ‘prologue’. GMVS alumnus Tim Reynolds
‘04, racing for the Craftsbury-based Green Racing Project, took both wins in an
impressive effort. Placing 5th in the morning race was Middlebury’s
Doug DeBold PG ‘08 with Peter Kling PG ’07 taking 7th. For the
younger set,... Read more...