On Thursday the 12th of January, the ZIS downhill skiing team headed out to Engelberg where they competed in two ski races on Friday and Saturday respectively. While the weather conditions were not in anyone’s favor, ZIS pushed through and obtained some great results on both days.
On the first day, the athletes participated in a parallel slalom. This required them to race on both the red and blue course against another skier. Then, the four fastest racers per category were let on into the semifinals. In the semifinals number 1 and 4 raced each other and 2 and 3 raced each other. ZIS proudly had two of their racers in the semifinals, with many just barely missing the cut off coming 5th or 6th! The winner of each of the respective races then went on into the finals where they raced each other. Both Katie Gray (’21) and Sara Fischer (’17) made it through the semifinals, into the finals, and came home with a first and second place respectively.
On the second day there was so much powder that the race could not be held on the original race track, so ZIS got some powder skiing in on the morning (there was more than 50 cm powder snow), before racing on another slope in the afternoon. In the afternoon the ZIS racers completed two runs on a small giant slalom. On this second day, ZIS performed even better than on the first day. With numerous results in the top ten getting us points for the team award, ZIS sported another 4 medals! Both Caroline Terryn (’21) and Katie Gray (’21) excelled in the C girls category and got third and first place respectively. Jason Kurth (’19) medaled for the B boys’ category, coming a strong third place. Sara Fischer (’17) came second, losing only 3/100 of a second to first place.
Katie Gray (’21) and Sara Fischer (’17) medaled first and second in the overall junior varsity and varsity categories of the two days combined respectively. ZIS as a whole team achieved 3rd place and the junior varsity team even came in 2nd place, which can be attributed to all the athletes scoring points and the amazing team spirit and support the racers got to experience.
Athletes that scored points were: Sara Fischer (’17), Carina Mile (’20), Katrina Silina (’19), Jason Kurth (’19), Lawrence von Steuben-Gans (’21), James Rogers (’19), Robert Tang-Peronard (’20), Katy Gray (’21), Caroline Terryn (’21), Maya Nathan (’21), Isabella Sanchez (’22), Sebastian Terryn (’21), and Hal Davies (’22).
However, the most outstanding achievement was that of Katie Gray (’21), who not only won the parallel slalom and the giant slalom, but also won the overall junior varsity girls ranking collecting the most world cup points of all junior varsity athletes.
After such a good start, the team will be back on the slopes for training this next weekend. A big thank you to all our coaches and parent helpers!
Written by: Sara Fischer (’17)
Photography by: Coach Haken