Local skiers, boarders doing well at nationals in Sun Valley

Local skiers, boarders doing well at nationals in Sun Valley

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 6:53 AM

SUN VALLEY -- Sun Valley has been playing host this week to skiers and snowboarders across the country.

Some of the best college athletes are in Sun Valley competing in the Collegiate National Championships, and the College of Idaho is holding its own against some big powerhouse teams.

One by one, skiers and snowboarders made their way down different courses at the Sun Valley Resort.

On Warm Springs, the College of Idaho men were back on the national stage.

"I'm so proud to be here. I haven't been here my entire college career. We finally made it," said Zach Tomlinson, a College of Idaho senior.

He's competing against teams from Cornell and Michigan.

"It's a dream come true. It's unreal. It's so much fun," said Joe DeMari, Cornell University.

Despite competing against schools with much larger student bodies, the Caldwell school, which has just 1,100 students, is well represented on the slopes.  Especially, considering there are some Olympians in the field.

"We've had a lot of fun here in Sun Valley. The kids are doing great, putting some points on the board," said Ron Bonneau, head coach College of Idaho ski team.

Earlier this week, McKinley Carbone, who goes by Chuckie, won the national championship in women's half pipe.

"It's a pretty big deal," said Carbone.

As a team, the Yotes took 3rd place.

They also took third in Slope Style.

"It's really cool to be here. Everyone's all hyped up, a good vibe. Everyone's excited," said Hillary Sapp, a College of Idaho junior from Nevada.

The College of Idaho ski team is using the hill in their backyard as an advantage.

"It's absolutely great to come back home and be able to race," said Nina Hirner, from Sun Valley.

In boarder cross and skier cross the lady Yotes have a good chance to win again, considering they won this event two years ago.

"We're hoping to repeat. We've got it," said Sapp.

Even with the competitive juices flowing, there is a friendship among athletes.

"It's just nice to see people from all over the country who love doing the same thing you do. Everyone just wants to do their best and have fun," said Sarah Silva.

After today, there is still one more day of competition.

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