NYSEF ROUNDUP: Sinclair earns free ride to Colorado
New York Ski Educational Foundation freeride athlete Robbie Sinclair, of Saranac Lake, won the Adirondack USASA series Progression Award, which included a launch snowboard and an all-expense-paid week-long session at Woodward Camp.
The Woodward Camp offers year-round skiing and snowboarding on real Colorado snow, plus a 19,400-foot indoor training facility with skateparks, Olympic-grade trampolines, foam pit jumps, and indoor ski and snowboard training.
Sinclair, a 14-year old snowboarder, was also named as NYSEF athlete of the month for January. He competes in boarder cross and slopestyle in the youth 14-15 year-old age group. He was born in South Dakota, and as soon as his family moved to the Adirondacks, Robbie started riding in the backyard with his dad. Sinclair transitioned to riding at Mount Pisgah and then moved on to ride and train with NYSEF at Whiteface.
“My coach (head snowboard coach Bob Witt) makes daily training fun while also being serious,” Sinclair said. “It helps me develop as an athlete and continue with the sport. Bob and all the freeride coaches manage to be playful while accomplishing our goals for the day.”
Sinclair practices with his younger sister, Alexis, an 11-year old ski cross athlete.
“Robbie shows great athletic performances and has been the most improved this season,” NYSEF freeride program director Mike Kirchner said. “He is a great role model for his peers and other youth athletes.”
Sinclair plans to compete in the USASA Nationals in Copper Mountain in April.
The U19s switched places with the U16s for their championship events at Gore and West mountains. Due to the weather, Gore hosted a slalom race on Sunday, Feb. 24 instead of the originally planned super-G.
Athletes competed for a chance to qualify for U19/U21 Finals that take place on March 21-24 at Gore Mountain. From NYSEF, seven girls and seven boys earned spots in the Finals.
Below are the top NYSEF results from the championship event:
Giant slalom, girls
Rosalie Poisson (Carignan, Quebec) placed first
Alexis Hollister (Old Forge) placed fourth
Giant slalom, boys
Gabe Munter (Middle Grove) placed first
Abigail Saks (Saddle River, NJ) placed fifth
Slalom, girls (Gore)
Beth Fisher (Lake Placid) placed second
Rosalie Poisson (Carignan, Quebec) placed fifth
Slalom, boys (Gore)
Tyler Munter (Middle Grove) placed second
Shane Bittinger (Monticello) placed third
The New York Ski Educational Foundation recently announced its roster for the 2019 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Cross-Country Junior National Championship (Junior Nationals) in Anchorage, Alaska. NYSEF cross-country skiing athletes qualified for Junior Nationals in the Mid-Atlantic Division through several race events that took place during the 2018-2019 season.
Junior Nationals will take place March 11 through March 16. The following is the tentative schedule for Junior Nationals:
Monday, March 11 — Individual start Freestyle
Wednesday, March 13 — Sprint Classic
Friday, March 15 — Mass start Classic
Saturday, March 16 — Relay Freestyle
More information on the live-timing and the schedule can be found at www.juniornationalsxc2019.com.
The following NYSEF athletes are on the roster: