Powerhorn Racing Club skiers test their skills against best
They’ve competed against the top Western Slope age-group skiers all season.
Racing against the entire Rocky/Central Region in the United State Ski Association J4 Junior Oympics shouldn’t be much more of a challenge.
Three Powerhorn Racing Club skiers will test their skills against the best in the region next week at Winter Park Ski Area.
Dillon Livingston, Jonah Howe and Keino Davis all earned berth in the Junior Olympics race by placing in the top third in a qualifying race at the Prater Cup in Crested Butte last month.
Each racer had two runs. The average of those two runs was determined and the top three qualified for the regional race.
Livingston, a 13-year-old Caprock Academy student, showed promise early in his career. After two years in Powderhorn’s Buddy Werner program, he showed enough promise he skipped the development team and went into USSA racing.
Boredom, as much as anything, prompted him to increase his training efforts.
“When I was just sitting around the house doing nothing (I got serious),” he said.
Howe raced for fun for a couple of years.
“Two years ago, when I was a second-year J5, that’s when the goofing around stopped,” he said.
As for Davis, “The beginning of last year I could see everyone who was doing well. I decided I wanted to be like them.”
The biggest challenge for Livingston has been to learn to rely on himself.
“(I) just take responsibility for my own ski season instead of having my mom and dad do everything for me,” he said.
Davis soon learned that the coaches knew what they were talking about.
“I had to start listening to the coaches,” he said. “I was just skiing and having fun.”
All three will race in slalom, giant slalom and super-G races during the three-day race next Thursday through Saturday.
Each gets a practice run in each race, followed by one race run.
They’re looking forward to matching themselves against the best in the region.
“(I like) just seeing who I’m up against and how hard I really have to push myself,” Livingston said.
“I want to see how I can contend with that,” Howe said.
“That’s going to be pretty interesting to see what they’re like,” Davis said.