FRISCO – The competitive element of the youth Olympic experience has come to an end for Grace Staberg and Jeremiah Vaille, seniors at Summit High School, after the last two ski mountaineering competitions in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland, on Monday and Tuesday.
The ski mountaineering sprint competition course at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games was a short course that involved 80 meters of vertical drop via an ascent on skins, an ascent in a boot-pack hike and then a descent on ski. alpine.
Staberg ran in 15th place – America’s best finisher – in Monday’s sprint race. Staberg was ranked 12th after setting the 12th fastest time of 3: 53.25 in the classification round.
Staberg narrowly missed qualifying for the semi-finals, with her quarter-final time of 3: 49.58 behind eventual gold medalist Caroline Ulrich of Switzerland, eventual bronze medalist Margot Ravinel of the France and Ema Chepklova from Canada.
In the boys’ sprint competition, Vaille was placed 18th after completing the course in 3: 12.19 in the classification round. He finished 19th overall and fifth in his quarterfinal group with a time of 3: 05.73, which was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals. Rocco Baldini of Italy finally won the gold with a time of 2: 30.14.
In Tuesday’s mixed relay, Staberg and Vaille joined forces with fellow American mountaineers George Beck and Samantha Paisley to take sixth place among a dozen teams. The mixed relay consisted of a course of approximately 180 meters of vertical drop, two climbs and two descents.
The United States team finished the course with a total time of 39:07, just behind fifth place in Germany (39:04) and around two minutes behind bronze medalist Spain (37:13). Switzerland won the competition with a time of 35:07, more than two minutes faster than silver medalist France (37:11).
Grace Staberg of Summit County rides in the quarterfinal of the women’s ski mountaineering sprint at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in January 2020. Courtesy Olympic Information Services
Members of the US 2020 Youth Winter Olympics ski mountaineering team – including Summit County residents Jeremiah Vaille, left, and Grace Staberg, right – pose for a photo with the flag American after taking sixth place in Tuesday’s mixed relay in Villar. in Ollon, Switzerland. Courtesy of the US Ski Mountaineering Association
Jeremiah Vaille of Summit County skis downhill during the men’s individual ski mountaineering competition in Switzerland during the Laussane 2020 Youth Winter Olympics on Friday. Ben Queenborough / Olympic Information Services
Grace Staberg of Summit County skis during the individual ski mountaineering competition at the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics in Switzerland. Ben Queenborough / Olympic Information Services
Members of the United States ski mountaineering team at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, including Jeremiah Vaille, left, and Grace Staberg, right, enjoy the festivities at the opening ceremony of the Lausanne 2020 Games. Courtesy of Ram Mikulas
Grace Staberg of Summit County poses for a photo in January 2020 during ski mountaineering training in Switzerland. Ben Queenborough / Olympic Information Services
International flags adorn the Athletes’ Village at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland. Courtesy of Ram Mikulas
Grace Staberg of Summit County, right, rides during Friday’s individual ski mountaineering competition at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland. Courtesy of Ram Mikulas
US Ski Mountaineering Association president and Summit County local Ram Mikulas takes a photo at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland. Courtesy of Ram Mikulas
Jeremiah Vaille, No.23 from Summit County, rides with the peloton at the start of Friday’s individual ski mountaineering competition at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland. Courtesy of Kendal Wright Vaille
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