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Another local kid does good.

post #1 of 16
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If you haven't already seen this-

Kieffer Christianson, an Alyeska Ski Club J3, absolutely tore it up at the Trofeo Topolino this past weekend. Watch for this kid in the future. If he stays healthy, he's going to be a monster.

First in the SL:
http://www.skiracing.com/index.php?o...38&Ite mid=34

Second in the GS:
http://www.skiracing.com/index.php?o...54&Ite mid=34
post #2 of 16
during my junior times, the then topolino winner skied in the same age group and series as i. he also "absolute tore it up" and was set to become a "monster." he opted for financial studies and ended up as an analyst at an investment bank. never know...
post #3 of 16
How old is that "kid" ... ?? :

In the SL photo he looks like he could buy a beer in any bar! :

The photo of his GS podium .... he looks more like a kid ...

What are you feeding them up there? Or, do you just send them out with a long gun to forage on their own?

post #4 of 16
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The thing about Kieffer is that he absolutely lives for racing. We're probably going to lose him to an academy soon so he can get his points down and get some elite-level coaching. He's really in a class by himself, and I don't expect a burnout anytime soon.

He's legit, even if the SL photo makes him look older than he is. Must be the hair.
post #5 of 16
Congrats, Mike. It's great to see a kid from your program do so well. (Must feel pretty good for you guys, too!)

Have fun @ Nationals.

Bob

PS - four letters: GMVS
post #6 of 16
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PS - four letters: GMVS

And I counter with: Rowmark Ski Academy

post #7 of 16
.....Or CVA, where third place finisher Ben Morse attends.
post #8 of 16
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post #9 of 16
And another impressive win for Christianson:

http://bcalpine.com/dyndata/results/2302.pdf
post #10 of 16
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.....Or CVA, where third place finisher Ben Morse attends.
To read that Ski Racing article you would think it was the kid from the east that won the races. Reminded me of when the Mahre's come on the scene. Junior Nationals for boys at Crystal Mountain. A kid named Dodge was supposed to win everything in sight but Phil and Steve took the events by a mile. Two skinny kids with coke bottle glasses no one had ever heard of. The press didn't know what to make of it so they hardly mentioned them a'tall.

- Fossil
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Flying Fossil View Post
To read that Ski Racing article you would think it was the kid from the east that won the races. Reminded me of when the Mahre's come on the scene. Junior Nationals for boys at Crystal Mountain. A kid named Dodge was supposed to win everything in sight but Phil and Steve took the events by a mile. Two skinny kids with coke bottle glasses no one had ever heard of. The press didn't know what to make of it so they hardly mentioned them a'tall.

- Fossil
?????
post #12 of 16
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Well, technically Alaska is the most northern, most western, AND most eastern state in the US.
post #13 of 16
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Pretty much caps a stellar year for Kieffer-

http://www.skiracing.com/index.php?o...299&Ite mid=2

After he returned from Topolino, we had a party in the race training center for him (complete with Mickey Mouse cake). His mom graciously thanked the club and people like Brian Burnett for all of their guidance and support over the years, while the man of the hour sat on the bench behind her, slightly embarrassed by all of the attention. Hopefully this year will be a forecast of things to come, and hopefully he'll never lose touch with that red-faced kid on the bench.
post #14 of 16
Alaska Mike-Congrats to Kieffer and your program! It is always exciting when a local does well. Like you, we have been very fortunate to have some great kids and athletes come through our local club- Kirsten Clark, Bode Miller, Seth Wescott & Emily Cook among others. We continue to see the benefits as these athletes still come back to the mountain, interact with the kids and help develop the next group of kids skills and love for the sport.
post #15 of 16
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To be clear, I've never worked directly with Kieffer, just admired his development from the sidelines. In a small club like this, you are closer to the successes and the failures. In my opinion, a race club is the best example of community on the mountain.
post #16 of 16
Class act all the way around! It sounds like a wonderful community up there.
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