U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/14 and 1/15

Hello U12 and U10 Families!
 
Last weekend was a ton of fun getting the competition season kicked off for the U12s!  
 
Team Wardance, made up of several Okemo athletes in addition to others from our neighboring MVC clubs, was victorious in the team dual race!
 
Please note that there were apparently a few errors in the Skills Results for girls – corrected results have been posted.  The correction resulted in a few of our athletes placing in the top 10!  Merina Visnic actually placed 6th just past Nina Garbarino in 5th and Keira Laurion and Olivia Weeple actually tied for 10th with Abby Kelleher.  Pico will be getting these girls medals and awarding them on the next race day.  They will also be getting medals for any boys who received the wrong place medal due to a tie.
 
Results are posted here:
http://www.vara.org/results/mvc-u12-skills-dual/1045/
http://www.vara.org/back/clubs_races/results4_1045.pdf
http://www.vara.org/back/clubs_races/results3_1045.pdf
Skills are in bib order – not rank order.
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/14: GS skis for both U10 and U12.  We are focusing on turn initiation and releasing the turn in GS.  
Sunday 1/15: GS skis for both U10 and U12
We do not train on MLK Monday (1/16) – if you are able to stick around that day, enjoy it freeskiing with your athlete!
 
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/21: U12s race GS at Killington (all details to come next week); U10s train GS at home
Sunday 1/22: U10s race GS at Killington (all details to come next week); U12s train stubby SL at home
Some Save the Dates:
U10 and U12 SL Camp, Friday, February 3rd: This event is at Quechee and is open to all U10s and U12s; however, since space is limited we do a lottery of interested athletes to decide who can attend – sometimes it works out that everyone can.  The day proceeds much like a race day in that you must drive your athlete to Quechee, go through registration, and drive them home.  However, instead of racing, athletes are broken into groups with athletes and coaches from other mountains and they proceed through a variety of gate and drill stations that train SL fundamentals. In the afternoon there is a dual stubby SL set for the athletes to go head to head with one another (no timing).  The event is $30.  I will send much more info on this later including info on how to sign up for the lottery.  It is a very fun event, but please note it is in no way mandatory.
 
Second Year U12 Super G Camp, February 12th: I will also send details on this as we draw closer to the date, but please note that this is for second year U12s only, as in athletes born in 2005.  The event is at Okemo and will be an all day event that requires an entry fee.  Athletes are broken up into groups with athletes from other mountains and they cycle through various stations that work on SG skills.  There is no race contested.  Athletes do not need SG skis and in fact must use their regular GS skis.
OMS Valentine Victory Camp, February 13-17th: This camp is similar in format to the Holiday Hammer Camp and includes 5 days of on-snow training with 3 days of study hall and dryland.  It is a great way to get a taste of life at OMS and get some additional training in! Keep in mind that this is an OMS program, unlike the President’s Week training the following week which is included in your weekend program fees.  I will send all of the information, including how to sign up, via separate email later this week.
OMS 25th Anniversary Celebration Winter Festival, February 18th from 7-10 pm at Willie Dunn’s: Save the date for OMS’ biggest fundraiser of the season!  Join us for an evening of wine and cheese tasting, Vermont beer and hard cider tasting, and hor d’ourves from local restaurants.  We have an amazing silent auction every year where you can pick up useful, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts!  Stay tuned for more information on the event and the accompanying fundraising drive!
That is all for now!  Enjoy the rest of your weeks!
Thanks,
Mariel

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