SUGAR BOWL ACADEMY NORDIC SKIER, HAYDN HALVORSEN WON TWO U16 NATIONAL TITLES AT THE 2017 JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Norden, CA (March 22, 2017) - Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA), Sophomore, Haydn Halvorsen won two U16 National titles last week at Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, NY. Low-snow conditions forced the organizers to move the races to a more challenging back-up venue at the ski jump complex, site of the 1980 Olympic Ski Jumping competition. Racing commenced on Monday, March 6th with the individual start 5 km freestyle race.

The course consisted of two laps of a 2.5 km loop, featuring a long climb out of the stadium to the high point of the course. Though time splits from the course indicated that many U16s were equal on the climb, Haydn excelled on the latter half of the course, skiing the transitions and downhills aggressively to take a 5.3-second win over Johnny Hagenbuch of Sun Valley. Almost 30 seconds back in 3rd was Will Koch of Stratton Mountain School.  “As soon as the race started I forgot all my worries and skied naturally and powerfully. I knew the race was going well when I was skiing it not because of the countless splits I was receiving but by how I was skiing.” Halvorsen said.

Racing continued on Wednesday, March 8th with the classic sprint races. The 1.5 kilometer course featured most of the distance loop, minus the upper part and racers began the day with the individual start qualifier. Haydn skied away from the competition, registering an almost 8.5-second win over second place.

Late in the afternoon, the U16 heats began. Haydn skied a smart quarterfinal, conserving energy in 2nd place, while still assuring himself of qualifying for the semifinals. In the semifinal, Haydn skied away from the pack and was able to cruise the last 200 meters of the course to ensure his spot in the final. In the A-Final, Haydn employed the same tactics, getting out in front early and pushing the pace. Looking back on the race, Haydn said, “My first heat took me by shock all the boys went out hauling and it took me a split second to realize I needed to ski. After the first heat I knew I needed to get my head in the game and focus. I knew taking gold was going to be a hard challenge. I skied my semi final really relaxed and smart. It really boosted my confidence for the final.” Coming down the final descent, Haydn had a clear lead and was able to raise his arms in victory across the line, beating 2nd place finisher Will Koch, and 3rd place Lane Myshrall of Park City Nordic.

Nordic Coach, Christina Mishica remarked that, “Despite challenging conditions Haydn raced smart and it was great to see that his focus and dedication are reflected in his many top performances throughout the week!” Haydn’s two victories of the week were capped by a strong opening leg of the relay on Saturday, March 11.

The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized Alpine and Nordic ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, National champions across all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes.  Sugar Bowl Academy, located in Norden, CA, is the country’s only ski in/ski out ski academy. Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated students, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy student-athletes thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.

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Sugar Bowl Academy announces Ryan Aldrich, Head, Sugar Bowl Academy

Dear SBSTA Community Members:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am excited to announce the unanimous appointment of Ryan Aldrich as Head, Sugar Bowl Academy, effective July 1, 2017. Ryan is a graduate of Colby College, and holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Denver.  Ryan brings 18 years ofindependent school experience to his new role at Sugar Bowl Academy. Ryan is well prepared to succeed Tracy Keller, and lead SBA into our next chapter.

Ryan is currently the Upper School Director at Tahoe Expedition Academy and has taken on many roles at TEA. He has extensive experience in admissions and college counseling. While at the White Mountain School in New Hampshire he was responsible for all aspects of college counseling and financial aid for 130 students. He co-chaired the self-study report and accreditation process. Ryan led the implementation and administration of a personalized learning platform while at TEA. He has proven to be a leader within the TEA community having led the effort to attract, support, and retain excellent staff and to transform the curriculum. He worked alongside the business manager and CEO to manage budgets and long term financial plans.  Ryan is eager to apply his craft in leading SBA and to work with SBSTA staff members as we advance Sugar Bowl Academy.

An excerpt from Ryan’s application follows to give a glimpse of his approach and philosophy to education. In a rapidly changing and connected world where the skills for tomorrow are continually transforming and often unknown, global awareness and a well-rounded education that emphasizes the importance of both our creative and linear minds is necessary.”

We wish to thank the entire search committee of staff, alumni, parents and Trustees for their tireless efforts culminating in Ryan’s appointment. I look forward to welcoming Ryan to our community. We will be hosting a meet and greet this month, on Saturday, March 25th. We will send out an invitation soon. There will be additional opportunities to meet Ryan throughout the Spring and Fall.

Please join us in welcoming Ryan to SBSTA. 

Thank you

Steve Shray                                                    Kate Krehbiel & Dr. Jim Taylor

Chair, SBSTA Board of Trustee                    Co-Leaders SBSTA Head Search Committee

slshray@gmail.com                                       kate.krehbiel@gmail.com

                                                                        jim@drjimtaylor.com

SUGAR BOWL ACADEMY NORDIC SKIER, HANNAH HALVORSEN WON BRONZE IN THE 4X3 RELAY AT THE 2017 FIS NORDIC JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Norden, CA (March 2, 2017) - Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA), The World Junior Championships that took place in Soldier Hollow, UT set the stage for the US Women to capture the bronze in the 4x3 relay. Team USA had never won a medal at the World Juniors, and being on the podium was a dream come true built out of a lot of hard work and determination. U. S. Ski Team Coach, Bryan Fish stated, “This was a part of a plan that these four athletes have worked on for nearly two years. Today they put it together on the snow.” Russia won the gold and France took the Silver.

Hannah Halvorsen said, “I skied 3 legs of 4x relay and was tagged off in 7th place.”  She then tagged off Katherine Ogden in 4th place and was right with 3rd place team. She had 3rd fastest split of the day, only 3 seconds behind Katherine who was fastest and only 1/10 sec slower than the Russian anchor who's team took 1st place.  It was Hannah’s 3rd split that opened up the podium for team USA! The relay was made up of Hailey Swirbul from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Julia Kern from Stratton Mountain School, Hannah Halvorsen from Sugar Bowl Academy, and Katherine Ogden also hailing from Stratton Mountain School. The hard work and dedication through intense workouts is paying off for Hannah at Sugar Bowl Academy. Martin Benes, Director of Nordic Programs at SBA said, “It's been great to see these four girls pushing each other to get better over the past few years. I knew that a podium performance was a possibility as long as they all skied strong. Hannah put down an impressive third leg for the relay. She skied with confidence and put the USA in podium position, it was great to see that effort come together. It was a warm, challenging day in Utah and I was pleased to see Hannah's efforts to improve in softer conditions pay off.”

The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized Alpine and Nordic ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, National champions across all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes.  Sugar Bowl Academy, located in Norden, CA, is the country’s only ski in/ski out ski academy. Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated students, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy student-athletes thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.

 

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