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U14 NYSEF Athletes at Windham Mountain

Hovey Recap


NYSEF hosted the annual Hovey Memorial GS race on Sunday, January 6 at Whiteface Mountain. The names of the top U14 male/female athlete will be engraved on the Hovey plaque that will live in the NYSEF Building at Whiteface. Congrats to the top U14s Mary Catherine Mangan (Holimont) and Kieran Delay (Song Mountain). Photos and results can be found here.

Belleayre Happenings


From Program Director, Jim Catalano: The NYSEF program at Belleayre is off to a strong start in its inaugural season! Enrollment is up about 25% over last season and the interest in our programs continues to grow. Our race hill and parks have never been in better condition. Thanks to the efforts of the new mountain management, our snow-making and grooming teams! More information on Belleayre happenings can be found here.

Jumping in Andover


NYSEF ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes recently traveled to Andover, NH to compete against a strong field of athletes from across the East. Many NYSEF athletes had excellent results and it was a valuable competition experience for all individuals that went on the trip - especially our Youth Jumpers. More information can be found here.

Van Ledger Shoots In Utah

NYSEF athlete, Van Ledger (Lake Placid) had a busy few days to wrap up 2018 in Utah while his brother, Beckett Ledger was jumping in Lake Placid as a member of the USANS Junior National Nordic Combined Team. Van traveled to Solider Hollow to train and compete in the Junior Biathlon World Championships and IBU Cup Team Trials. Details on his results can be found here.

International Children's Winter Games

Lake Placid welcomed the youth of the world for a friendly competition at the 8th International Children’s Winter Games beginning January 6. Lake Placid is the first United States city to host the Games! The goal of the International Children’s Games is to enable, develop and advance the meeting, understanding and friendship of students from different countries, and to advance the ideals of the Olympic Movement. Results and photos can be found here.

Updates from Freeride Program Director, Mike Kirchner

Amidst challenging conditions over the course of the event, the youth freeride athletes persevered and, in the end, came away some new friends from around the world and a new perspective of what participating in snowsports can bring. There were many athletes in the games from the NYSEF family in alpine, freeride and Nordic. To learn more about the results, click here.

NYSEF U14s Sweep the Podium at Belleayre and Windham

Girls @ Belleayre

Micaela Leonard (Clifton Park, N.Y.) placed 1st
Lilyann Fisher (Lake Placid, N.Y.) placed 2nd
Margaret Cummings (Holland Patent, N.Y.) placed 3rd

Girls @ Windham

Emma Poisson (Carignan, Quebec) placed 1st
Mckenna Fromm (Hasting-On-Hudson, N.Y.) placed 2nd
Micaela Leonard (Clifton Park, N.Y.) placed 3rd

Boys @ Belleayre

Lucas Brumm (NYC, N.Y.) placed 1st
Lincoln Norfolk (Lake Placid, N.Y.) placed 2nd
Dominick Deguardia (Turin, N.Y.) placed 3rd

Boys @ Windham

Lucas Brumm (NYC, N.Y.) placed 1st
Gavin Ebert (Clifton Park, N.Y.) placed 2nd
Lincoln Norfolk (Lake Placid, N.Y.) placed 3rd


Athlete of the Month: Rowen Norfolk

December Athlete of the Month, Rowen Norfolk is a 14-year-old, U16 alpine athlete from Lake Placid, N.Y. and a freshman at Northwood School. Rowen started skiing for NYSEF at age 8 and enjoys going to training because of the friendships he has made in the sport. Since beginning with NYSEF, Rowen has pushed himself to compete at the highest level. Head U16 Coach, Patrick Purcell added, “Rowen’s love for competition sets the bar high for our U16 team.” Even after a season ending injury last year, Rowen was eager to put in the work for a comeback to ski racing.

Rowen suffered an injury in February of 2018, soon before the NY State Championships. Despite the obstacle, Rowen has showed “outstanding results in the toughest conditions…something someone would be hesitant about coming back into the sport of ski racing,” U16 Coach, Pieter van Ingen added. Pieter and the other coaches continue to be impressed with Rowen’s comeback.

When asked about struggles this season, Rowen answered, “the logistics like remembering to dry out my clothing or boot liners.” Like most high school athletes in a sport like ski racing, independence is a crucial ingredient for success. As a freshman, Rowen looks to refine the process of planning and learn from other seasoned athletes. Rowen’s goals this season is to “make it to U16 Nationals and race against ski with the best in the country.” Although Rowen is modest about his accomplishments, he boasts about his brother, Lincoln, age 12 and sister, Cecila, age 8. Both are going to be Lake Placid’s next skiing superstars.


Save the Dates

Nordic Family Reception: January 26

Join us for a family reception to celebrate the season! There will be complimentary wine and beer plus light snacks! This event is generously hosted by the Flanigan Family (Alison Flanigan and John Flanigan) and NYSEF Nordic! More details can be found here.

Ormsby Scholarship Dinner: February 10

The dinner is inspired by Ingrid Ormsby’s life and supports the Ingrid Ormsby Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship is dedicated to Ingrid’s support of alpine racing for local youth athletes. More details can be found here.

NYSEF/Gore Ski Club Yurt Party: February 23

Food, music, cash bar and kid-friendly activities! More details can be found here.

USA Nordic: Beckett Ledger

A team of 15 junior nordic combined and ski jumping athletes were named by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard and USA Nordic to compete in the FIS Nordic Junior World Championships Lahti, Finland. The team includes four men and four women on the jumping team, with five men and two women qualifying for the Nordic combined team. CONGRATS to Beckett Ledger for being named to the 2019 World Junior Team. The announcement can be found here.

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Other Important dates

more events will be added throughout the season

January 26: Nordic Family Reception at the Flanigan Residence- Social

January 25-27: Lake Placid SuperTour (XC)

January 25-27: USCSA Clarkson Carnival at Whiteface Mountain

January 26-27: Empire Cup SG at Gore Mountain

January 27: USASA SX/BX at Whiteface Mountain

January 31-February 3: Empire State Winter Games

February 2-3: NorAm Biathlon event in Jericho, VT

February 8-10: U14 Super-G at Gore

February 10: USASA BX/SX at Whiteface

February 10: Ormsby Scholarship Dinner at the Salt of the Earth Bistro- Social

February 18: USASA SX/BX at Gore

February 22-24: NYSSRA U19/16 States at Gore

February 24: USASA Rail Jam at Whiteface

February 23: NYSEF-Gore Fundraiser at becksTAVERN- Social

February 23-24: U16 States at Gore Mountain

June 9: Annual Golf Open-Social

August 24: Summer Benefit - Social