Purgatory racers earn 16 medals

Skiers win four golds at Telluride

Madeline Robbins is poised at the starting gate last weekend in Telluride. The 11-year-old Purgatory Alpine Ski Team member skied to fourth-place finishes in three races at the Bolle Age Class Slalom Race. Enlarge photo

Courtesy of Purgatory Alpine Ski Team

Madeline Robbins is poised at the starting gate last weekend in Telluride. The 11-year-old Purgatory Alpine Ski Team member skied to fourth-place finishes in three races at the Bolle Age Class Slalom Race.

The Purgatory Alpine Ski Team won four events and captured 16 medals overall in 32 races last weekend in a U.S. Ski Association event at Telluride.

Purgatory’s 14 racers were among 145 from around Colorado competing in the Bolle Age Class Slalom Race contested in powder conditions. In addition to the four gold medals, Purgatory racers took eight silvers and four bronzes.

Nicholas Unkovskoy stood on the podium in each of his four races in the U12 boys category, getting a gold and three silvers. He narrowly missed out on victories by just 0.11 seconds in one race and less than half a second in another.

Wiley Corra was a standout in the U10 boys with three podium finishes and was on pace to be there again in his fourth race before missing a gate.

Lucas Robbin had one bronze and missed another podium by only 0.21 seconds. On his last race, he was skiing strong before he lost his ski a third of the way through the course.

Wesley Jackson was in the top 10 in all of his U10 races, including a bronze medal. Both Calvin Chase and Toby Scarpella skied hard and posted three top-10 times.

In the U12 boys, Harry LeSage had solid performances and Miles Bronson gained valuable experience in his first USSA event. Jack Eggleston skied to one top-10 finish and missed another by just 0.3 seconds.

“We faced some formidable competition in Telluride, and it was good to see our kids not get intimidated by the Front Range teams. They showed up to compete,” coach Leah LeSage said. “All of their extra weeknight training under the lights shows when the clock is rolling.”

For the girls, Isabelle Washburn stayed consistent with silver medals in all four of her events. In the competitive U12 girls, Madeline Robbins placed fourth in three of her races in a field of 25 skiers.

Maddie LeSage got a silver and two bronzes in the U8 division. Anne Chase broke into the top 10 in her first race Saturday, and Anne Watson had gutsy races throughout the weekend.

This weekend, the team will be at Kendall Mountain in Silverton before the older athletes head to Crested Butte for the Prater Cup on Feb. 21-24, the U14’s Junior Nationals qualifier competition.