NYSEF skiers open year on podium

NYSEF athlete Jake Reynolds celebrates after capturing the men’s division of the New Year’s Giant Slalom at Whiteface Mountain on Jan. 2. (Provided photo)

WILMINGTON — On Tuesday, Jan. 2, the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) hosted their New Year’s Giant Slalom. There was a men’s and women’s race with athletes ranging from U16 (under 16 years of age) to Senior (over 21 years of age) levels.

In the women’s division, NYSEF Winter Term athlete Norah Dempsey, of Saratoga Springs, took first place overall and in the U16 division.

Dempsey felt “good on the course” and led early. When Dempsey was asked if there was any special ritual before her run, she answered, “to think positive … be consistent and tuck to the finish.”

Dempsey’s goal this season is to make Eastern Championships. The Winter Term program allows aspiring junior athletes the opportunity to access top-tier training and coaching opportunities while continuing remotely in their school’s curricula through one-on-one tutoring support.

Although Dempsey is excited for January’s Winter Term to begin, she will miss some of the athletes from the December term who have gone back home for schooling and training.

NYSEF athlete Norah Dempsey, of Saratoga Springs, stands atop the podium after winning the New Year’s Giant Slalom at Whiteface Mountain on Jan. 2. (Provided photo)

When Dempsey is not skiing, she enjoys mountain biking and playing soccer. She plans to be a frequent visitor to Lake Placid after the season and hopes to attend Northwood in the near future.

In the men’s division, top NYSEF and Northwood athlete Jake Reynolds, of Rowayton, Connecticut, took sixth place. Reynolds was also the top U19 athlete. Reynolds favorite part of the day was the “second run in between the twin tower and head wall.”

Reynolds was confident before his second run because he inspected well. This resulted in his time which was a second faster than first run. Reynolds goals this season are to ski consistenly in slalom and be a top competitor at the Empire State Winter Games.

Reynolds is a year ahead of Dempsey. He started Northwood last year, and said “it was a nice change from being a weekend warrior to keeping up with the sport and training every day.”  

Reynolds was excited for his next race, a super-G at Whiteface next week.

NYSEF hosts Junior National qualifier

The New York Ski Educational Foudation will host the Harry Eldridge: Junior National Qualifier Jan. 20-21 at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Junior Nationals will be in Solider Hollow, Utah beginning March 3rd. Online registration closes Jan. 18. There will be no day of registration.

The schedule for the NYSEF JNQ weekend is below:

Saturday, Jan. 20

U16 Women 5 km (5k Classic Individual Start), 10 a.m.

U16 Men 5 km (5k Classic Interval Start), 10:45 a.m.

U18/U20/Open/Masters Women 5 km (5k Classic Interval Start), 11:30 a.m.

U18/U20/Open/Masters Men 10 km (10k Classic Interval Start), 12:15 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 21

U16 Men 5 km (5k Skate Mass Start), 9 a.m.

U16 Women-5 km (5K Skate Mass Start), 10 a.m.

U18/U20/Open/Masters Men-10 km (10k Skate Mass Start), 11 a.m.

U18/U20/Open/Masters Women-10 km (10k Skate Mass Start), noon

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