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FVSEF ski racers with podium finishes at Big Sky

by Whitefish Pilot
| January 18, 2023 1:00 AM

Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation (FVSEF) ski racers Kira Paatalo of Whitefish, Colter Bengtson of West Glacier and Henryk Hadidi of Whitefish all found podium success at the first Northern Division alpine ski races of the season at Big Sky, Montana. The Youth Ski League (YSL) race series included two giant slaloms and two slaloms for age classes U14, U12, U10, and U8.

Paatalo earned a third-place finish for U14 girls in one of the giant slaloms (GS). Bengtson won the first GS for U12 boys and was second in the other. He also had a first and second in the two slaloms. Young Henryk Hadidi, in his first YSL races, won one of the slaloms for the U8 boys. Despite limited training in December, many other FVSEF athletes put in great effort and had strong performances in their age classes, which are listed below. Training at Whitefish Mountain Resort started the first weekend of mountain operations, Dec. 10-11, and continues through the third week of March.

The race series was a qualifying event for the U14 age group end-of-the-year Western Region and Tri-Divisional championships in March, to which FVSEF hopes to qualify many athletes.

Race Results:

GS 1

U14 Girls

Kira Paatalo 5th

Lola Zinser 10th

Lillie Groom 26th

Dynalea Tomblin 27th

U12 Girls

Kessa Drendel 14th

U14 Boys

Wyatt Nadeau 9th

Holden Hadidi 11th

Rylan Hoover 16th

Cristiano Wright 17th

U12 Boys

Colter Bengtson 1st

Louis Groom 11th

Nolan Shaw 14th

Soren Lund 18th

GS 2

U14 Girls

Kira Paatalo 3rd

Lola Zinser 10th

Lillie Groom 30th

Dynalea Tomblin 31st

U12 Girls

Kessa Drendel 18th

U14 Boys

Leo Bungener 7th

Holden Hadidi 10th

Wyatt Nadeau 14th

Rylan Hoover 16th

Cristiano Wright 17th

U12 Boys

Colter Bengtson 2nd

Louis Groom 14th

Nolan Shaw 15th

Luke Rothfuss 18th

Slalom 1

U14 Girls

Kira Paatalo 14th

Lillie Groom 24th

Dynalea Tomblin 26th

U12 Girls

Kessa Drendel 15th

U14 Boys

Leo Bungener 5th

Wyatt Nadeau 9th

Holden Hadidi 13th

U12 Boys

Colter Bengtson 2nd

Louis Groom 8th

Nolan Shaw 12th

Soren Lund 14th

U10 Boys

Stephan Hadidi 5th

U8 Boys

Henryk Hadidi 1st

Slalom 2

U14 Girls

Lola Zinser 7th

Lillie Groom 18th

Kira Paatalo 21st

Dynalea Tomblin 25th

U12 Girls

Kessa Drendel 14th

U14 Boys

Leo Bungener 5th

Rylan Hoover 8th

Cristiano Wright 14th

U12 Boys

Colter Bengtson 1st

Louis Groom 8th

Soren Lund 11th

Nolan Shaw 12th

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