Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle Remembered in Awards
Hayden Terjeson of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation knows how to cut his way through a racecourse — and across an Idaho lawn. When he’s not racing in the winter, he’s running his own landscape business around Ketchum to help pay for his passion for ski racing.
That helped Terjeson earn one of two 2016 “Fast Skier Awards” presented to U16 athletes by World Cup Supply. The other goes to Kate Bridges of the Nub’s Knob Ski Team in Harbor Springs, Mich.
While this is the eighth year that World Cup Supply has honored athletes with the recognition, it’s the first that serves as a tribute to Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle, two U.S. Ski Team development racers killed by an avalanche in Soelden, Austria, in January 2015.
“This is a very special award representing two honorable athletes,” Terjeson wrote in his application. World Cup Supply selects winners based on essays, references, athletics, academics and community involvement. Among Terjeson’s notable achievements were not only his dedication to the sport, but also his “deep character” on and off the hill. He finished second at Mount Bachelor’s Intermountain Division Championships super G last year, and 11th in super G at U16 Nationals last year in Maine.
Kate Bridges, who lives in Franklin, Mich., finished first and second in slalom and GS, respectively at last season’s Division 1 regional meet, and works with younger ski racers in her spare time. Teachers and coaches describe her as an exceptional athlete and leader.
“This is a very special award representing two honorable athletes.”
Terjeson and Bridges each won $1,000 along with a POC helmet, goggles and back protector; a World Cup Supply jacket, backpack and neck-warmer; and a SNYC GS suit.
“We congratulate Kate and Hayden,” says World Cup Supply’s Bob Kimball, “and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”