Sports Briefs, Dec. 21, 2013
New Castle’s McKennis returns to the slopes
New Castle’s Alice McKennis made a successful return to the World Cup ski circuit Saturday.
The 24-year-old placed 43rd in the downhill at Val d’Isere, France, but the result wasn’t as important as the return.
“Being back on the World Cup is great!” she said on Twitter. “Even though my race didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I have been on a fast track getting back on snow and into racing and I know I still have many steps to make till I am fast again but each day brings me a bit closer.”
McKennis fractured her shin bone into about 30 pieces in a March 2 race. Doctors weren’t optimistic that she could return to competition until January 2014 at the earliest.
McKennis, who won a World Cup downhill race last January, still hopes to ski her way onto the U.S Olympic team later this winter. She was on the Olympic team in 2010.
Learn to play sessions offered at Glacier
Hockey fans who want to strap on some skates and learn the game on the ice can get started at The Glacier Ice Arena on Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.
Participants will be fitted into hockey gear, get professional instruction and shoot some pucks. Sessions are one hour, and all ages — boys, girls, women and men — are encouraged to come out.
Space is limited, so participants need to register by calling 242-RINK (7465) or stop by the rink at 2515 Riverside Parkway.
Sign up for one session only. Time is 5:30-6:30 p.m. both days. Cost is $6 for the session, and upon completion, participants will receive a coupon for a free public-skate admission worth $6.