How to Watch: 2020 Youth Olympic Games
The 2020 Youth Olympic Games kicked off on January 9 and, as the competition enters its second phase, four Stratton Mountain School students are preparing for their respective events. Keep reading for the full rundown on how and when to watch thes amazing athletes but, first, please join us in congratulating former SMS Alpine athlete Matilde Schwencke, who represented Chile at the Youth Olympic Games and claimed two top-30 finishes in Alpine Combined and Super G.
Nordic student-athletes Will Koch `20 and Nina Seemann `21 are two of six U.S. Cross Country athletes who will compete at the Youth Olympic Games. Both Koch and Seemann boast an impressive competitive track record including podium finishes for each athlete at Cross Country Junior Nationals last spring. SMS Nordic Director Matt Boobar has also been selected to attend the 2020 Youth Olympic Games as a coach for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team delegation.
Cross Country Skiing events at the Youth Olympic Games begin on January 18 with Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Cross, a skate event similar to the Sprint but with several technical elements including jumps and turns throughout the course to test the abilities of racers. The Cross-Country Cross event begins with individual time trials (qualification) on the competition course with a 10- to 30-second interval start. The fastest 30 competitors advance to the three semi-finals of 10 competitors each. The top two finishers in each semi-final heat and the next four fastest competitors from the semi-finals advance to the final of 10 competitors.
Women’s and Men’s Freestyle Sprints will follow on January 19, beginning with individual qualifications on the competition course with a 15-second interval start. The fastest 30 competitors advance to the quarter-finals consisting of five heats of six competitors each. The top two finishers in each quarter-final heat, and the next two fastest competitors from the quarter-finals, advance to the two semi-finals of six competitors each. The top two finishers in each semi-final heat, and the next two fastest competitors from the semi-finals, advance to the final of six competitors.
The Women’s 5km and Men’s 10km Classic will conclude competition on January 21. Both events consist of a single phase only and competitors start individually at intervals of 10 to 30 seconds. The competitor with the fastest individual time wins the race.
SMS Freeskiing athlete Montana Osinski `22 is one of two female athletes represent the U.S. in Slopestyle and Big Air at the Youth Olympic Games, following her invitation to the FIS Junior World Championships over the past two years.
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle will take place on January 18. This is a judged competition held on a course with a variety of hits, jumps, rails, tables, and big-airs with two or more lines that the competitors may choose to perform.The results are calculated on the best out of three runs in final and qualification will be held in a 2-run format. The competitors will be judged on a combination of amplitude, technical difficulty, creativity and landings.
Qualifications for Women’s Freeski Big Air will take place on January 21, with finals continuing into January 22. The Big Air competition is a judged sport in which competitors perform tricks on the Big Air jump by taking off from a kicker and aiming to attain sizable airtime and well-executed tricks, all while securing a clean solid landing. The competition format is based on two jumps in the qualification and three jumps in the final. The best jump counts in the qualification. The two best different jumps count in the finals.
New SMS Snowboarding athlete Acy Craig `21, who qualified for the Games while enrolled at Carrabassett Valley Academy, will compete in Snowboardcross.
Women’s and Men’s Snowboardcross will take place between January 20 and 21, with both events consisting of qualifications and finals. The specially designed cross course is set up on natural terrain with artificial features including turns, roller sections, jumps and banked turns. In the qualification, the competitors take a timed run, and the top 16 ranked competitors go through to the finals. In the finals, competitors are divided into group heats of four competitors. There are 20 group heats in the “round robin” format. All competitors eventually compete against each other and based upon the ranking of each heat are awarded points (1st=4 pts, 2nd=3 pts, 3rd=2 pts, 4th=1 pt.). After the group heats, the top eight ranked competitors advance to the semi-finals. The top two ranked competitors from each semi-final advance to the big final while the remaining competitors move to the small final. The top three competitors in the big final are awarded YOG medals. The remaining competitors are ranked according to results of the big final, small final, group heats and qualification.
Good luck to all of our student athletes! Go SMS!
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.