NYSEF hosted the annual Hovey Memorial GS Race on Sunday, January 5 at Whiteface Mountain. The top U14 athletes receive their names on the Hovey plaque that is now living in the NYSEF-Training Center. The plaque features Olympic alums like Thomas Biesemeyer and Andrew Weibrecht.  Congrats to NYSEF athletes, Emma Poisson (Carignan, Quebec) and Lincoln Norfolk (Lake Placid, NY) who placed first for U14s. Results from the race can be found at nyssra.org.

Norfolk said he was ready for the race because his team was “training every day at Whiteface while doing drills to refine our overall form.” Poisson added, ” I trained hard every time I was on snow, I ate well and I slept well. Easy recipe!”

When discussing the popularity of the Hovey, Norfolk mentioned, “the Hovey was cool to win for many reasons…my brother, Rowen won the race in 2018, you get your name on a plaque and it is a big tradition with NYSEF…I am thrilled to be a part of it.” Poisson concluded, “I was so proud to stand up on the podium with my friend Lincoln…as skiers, we set goals and winning the Hovey is certainly a goal for every U14. It represents a BIG achievement!”

Inspired by the words of Head U14 Alpine Coach, James (Jimbo) Johnston: “be an Athlete!” Being an athlete isn’t just on the hill, it’s in your head and your daily duties. THANK YOU, Jimbo for the advice!

Last but not least, Thank you to the volunteers, staff, families, coaches and Tracey Hovey for hosting this annual race!