Whitefish’s Doherty Finishes Fourth at Telemark National Championships

By Beacon Staff

Whitefish racer Maggie Doherty earned fourth place overall at the U.S. Telemark National Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo. recently.

Doherty just missed the podium after crashing in the final day of racing that resulted in an ambulance ride to the emergency room. Doherty’s injuries were not severe but she will not return to skiing for the remainder of the ski season, according to event organizers.

Cole Schneider finished 10th overall with his best finish of eighth and ninth in the two classic races. Schneider placed 10th in both the Sprint Classic and the Sprint Parallel.

Madi McKinstry of Steamboat Springs, Colorado won the women’s National Championship. Jeffrey Gay, also of Steamboat Springs, won the men’s title.

Doherty had third place finishes both Classic races, fourth place in the Sprint Classic, and sixth place in the Sprint Parallel, the race where she crashed after the jump.

Competitors raced in four events for the championship.

Cedar Mattole, a newcomer to telemark competition, finished second overall for the J2 division at the U.S. Telemark National Championships. Mattole has raced in Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Thursday night Telemark league and began to train with the Whitefish-based telemark team in January.

Doherty’s season highlights include a second-place finish at the Vail Sprint Classic, and two wins at the Gunstock GS series. Schneider finished his season with a fourth-place finish at the Vail Sprint Classic and two fifth-place finishes at the Gunstock GS series.

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