Local NYSEF skiers wrapping up FIS schedules
LAKE PLACID — While a lot of other sports have been shutdown or took on shortened and altered schedules this winter do to the coronavirus pandemic, local alpine skiers have had a busy season training and competing.
Six young men training with the New York Ski Education Foundation have been particularly active and successful, racing continually since December while also getting the opportunity to work with local Olympians Andrew Weibrect and Tommy Biesemeyer.
Five of the skiers — Jake Reynolds, Andrew Van Slyke, Wim Roney, Rowen Norfolk and Zach Zientko are either recent graduates or current student-athletes at the Northwood School and Andrew Fogarty is a senior at Saranac Lake High School.
All six have participated in FIS level races, which this winter has provided them opportunities to compete against NCAA Division I skiers more than any other year.
Reynolds is a 2019 Northwood School graduate, and his season was highlighted by six podium finishes, which included a super G victory on March 8. Reynolds has also skied to second-place results in super G, giant slalom and slalom, and has a third-place showing in both GS and slalom.
Roney, a 2018 Northwood graduate, had his season cut short by an injury sustained in a race on Feb. 26. He reached the podium five times before that, including a giant slalom win on Jan. 25.
Van Slyke graduated from Northwood a year ago. This season, he’s been on the podium seven times, including three GS victories.
Norfolk is a junior at Northwood looking to graduate in 2022. He’s improved significantly in the FIS standings for athletes born in 2004. He currently has a pair of top-10 rankings in the US for skiers born in 2004 in slalom and giant slalom.
Fogarty has shown great improvement across all disciplines while making steady improvement in the FIS points standings. The same holds true for Zientko, a Northwood senior who has committed to attend Clarkson University in the fall.