Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Abby Olson won the giant slalom race in March at Steamboat Resort as part of the Rocky/Central U16 Alpine Championships. Olson earned a spot on the 2022-23 Rocky Mountain Division All-Star Team for Alpine Skiing Excellence.
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The Rocky Mountain Ski and Snowboard Division All-Star Team has been announced with 24 athletes from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club making the roster in the alpine, freestyle, ski jumping and Nordic combined disciplines.

The All-Star team honors 65 athletes in total including 32 in alpine skiing, 23 in freestyle and 10 in ski jumping and Nordic combined. This means that SSWSC athletes make up nearly 37% of the All-Star team.

SSWSC athletes represent the 10 spots for ski jumping and Nordic combined, as it is the only club in the division with training facilities for Nordic ski jumping.

SSWSC alpine athlete Charlie Welch was honored to make the team for the second time in a row, and he said it presented a great opportunity to improve.

“It’s a cool way to recognize athletes who are having a strong season, so I’m glad I got through this year,” Welch said. “I know a lot of the guys that are with me are really good at skiing with and against in races and practice, so to be able to know that I can keep pushing with those boys is great.”

Members are made to the All-Star team based on their results from the previous season, and they must complete a grueling fitness evaluation conducted in the fall. The fitness test consists of several exercises including push-ups, pull-ups, triple jump, sprints and more.

For Welch, seeing so many SSWSC athletes recognized as all-stars means the world to him. He thinks the Winter Sports Club is doing an incredible job of getting all of their athletes to the gym and training for the winter season.

“I think it fosters a really good team environment, especially with the boys I’m here with,” Welch said. “We’ve been together since the summer, even a few years ago for many of us, and it encourages hard work, teamwork, and it’s cool to see us all on this list.”

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Charlie Welch races to the finish line during the Murphy Roberts Holiday Classic on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 at Howelsen Hill.
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In honor of this achievement, the All-Stars each receive jackets and passes to several Colorado resorts.

Passes are donated by Vail Resorts, Alterra Mountain Company and Colorado Ski Country USA to support some of Colorado’s top winter sports athletes. SSWSC Associate Executive Director Jon Nolting said it has been going on for over three decades and he believes the support plays an important role in the development of all winter sports athletes.

“SSWSC’s representation on the team with such numbers is remarkable and a testament to the strong peer group these kids train with at Steamboat,” Nolting said. “Their commitment and drive is truly impressive, and they truly deserve this honour.”

SSWSC RMD Star Athletes
Freestyle — Anabel Ayad, Collin Hassel, Xander Tatar-Brown and Ella Walker.
Alpine — Jeremy Nolting, Tatum Grosdidier, Nick Demarco, Adrian Beauregard, Abby Olson, Mollie McTigue, Roman Elvidge, Daniel Ferucci, Laiken Roth and Charlie Welch.
Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined — Alexa Brabec, Haley Brabec, Ella Wilson, Eva Minotto, Emma Russell, Sawyer Graces, Arthur Tirone, Owen Park, Jason Colby and Austin Johnson.