Second gold carries Decker to overall national title
Cecily Decker won her second race at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s under-16 junior national championships Wednesday at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah and was named the overall national champion of the event.
Results were not available by press time, but New York Ski Educational Foundation coach Jimbo Johnston said that Decker won the parallel slalom competition, beating Storm Klomhaus of the United States Ski Academy in a head-to head-competition.
The win comes two days after Decker won the giant slalom race by nearly three seconds. The Saranac Lake native also finished fourth in Sunday’s slalom.
“It’s a testament to her hard work, her offseason training,” Johnston said. “The fact that she won two events and the overall shows that she is a threat at more than just one event, that she is a well-rounded skier and can ski all disciplines of alpine racing.”
Decker has been on a roll in the 2014 ski season.
In March, she was named the overall champion at the U-16 Eastern Championships at the Whiteface Mountain, winning gold medals in super-G and giant slalom and silver in super-G and slalom.
In February, Decker took three first-place awards and one second-place trophy at the New York State Ski Racing Association’s state championships held at Whiteface Mountain. She won super-G, giant slalom and slalom races while finishing second in the first of two super-Gs
The USSA junior national championship races are now followed by a SkillsQuest event that starts today and ends Monday. During SkillsQuest, U.S. Ski Team coaches put the young athletes through drills as part of an evaluation process.