Catamount Saves BX/SX Finals, Season Ends With A Bang

Catamount BX/SX Finals

Early last week a lethal combination of rain and warm temperatures swept through the Catskills, reeking havoc on local resorts. The deteriorating conditions and severe loss of snow nearly forced the cancellation of the Catskill Mountain Series Boardercross / Skiercross finals. As word came in from Plattekill Mountain that they were unable to host the event, an 11th hour call was made to Jennifer Brown at Catamount, and like clockwork, changed gears and got the job done!

Catamount BX/SX Finals

The popularity and excitement of Boardercross and Skiercross events continues to draw more athletes each year, and Catamount’s decision to maintain a season long BX/SX course paid off. These events represent a strong growth opportunity for many series and a new source of revenue for the mountains. With the addition of Skiercross, both events will be featured in the 2010 Winter Olympics for the first time, and by all accounts the mainstream exposure on the world stage will further drive the growth of these events.

Catamount did a spectacular job getting the venue ready in anticipation of a large turn-out for back-to-back events, as athletes through out the North East began to arrive. In total 50+ competitors registered to compete, with additional athletes from both the Southern Vermont and Mid Atlantic series making the trek. For many athletes this would be their first time at Catamount, for others it marked a return to a compact, fast course where the slightest mistake is the difference between victory and defeat.

Danny Legg Vs. Michael Buldo-Licciardi

The epic battle of the day came down to Danny Legg and Michael Buldo-Licciardi fighting for gold in the Youth Men’s division. In a duel to the finish, Buldo-Licciardi brought the FIRE in the final heat, dominating the entire run. But a last minute pass by Legg with inches to spare robbed Buldo-Licciardi of the gold. “This was the best race of the season,” said Legg as both athletes celebrated with high fives at the finish, as the rivals showed their friendship in a spectacular show of sportsmanship and ability.

BX/SX Winners 3.14.09 Catamount Event 1

Division - Athlete

  • Ruggie Boys - Blaze Conlan
  • Ruggie Girls - Abigail Barnes
  • Skier Girls - Natalie Ferretti
  • Skier Boys - Garrett Malone
  • Skier Men - Fred Licciardi
  • Grommet Boys - Robby Meehan
  • Menehune Girls - Alexa Cerra
  • Menehune Boys - Jeremy Redaelli
  • Skier Boys - Sebastian Ferretti
  • Breaker Girls - Sophie Meade
  • Breaker Boys - Larry Redaelli
  • Youth Women - Sadie Saccoccie
  • Youth Men - Daniel Legg
  • Junior Women - Molly Wasik
  • Junior Men - Charlie Breest
  • Women's Jam - Nicole Imbriani
  • Senior Men - Brian Lebow
  • Master Men - Przemyslaw Godycki
  • Legend Men - Craig Kunaschk
  • Kahuna Men - Erik Donaldson

Garret Malone Skier Boys

The athletes elected to run both events back-to-back with no intermission, which made for a great show as spectators lined the course to cheer them on with shouts and cow bells as they passed by. Garret Malone, in rare form, charged the course with determination and conviction. After loosing his first heat, he came back to win back-to-back runs for the gold in the Skier Boys division. John Ferrara, who took silver behind Malone, would go on to win gold in the 2nd event after stiff competition from Malone, who fought tooth and nail to the finish each run.

Saddie Saccoccie Vs. Shannon Corcoran

Second to none, with her aggressive style and strong presence on the course, Sadie Saccoccie took gold in both events in the Youth Women’s division – but not without a challenge from Shannon Corcoran. Corcoran, who has really stepped up in the late season and is a strong competitor in the Alpine events and the Boardercross, pushed Saccoccie to the limit. However, Saccoccie is an athlete who likes to get out front quickly and then pull away from the pack. We look forward to seeing Saccoccie at Nationals.

No strangers to the podium, Team Redaelli racked up 3 golds across both events – Larry with easy back-to-back wins in the Breaker Boys division and Jeremy taking gold in the Menehune Boys division. A fall by Jeremy in the 2nd event opened the door for Andrew Lloyd Jr. to take his first win in a Boardercross event over Redaelli. Andrew is a fierce competitor in the Alpine events, and his win at Catamount is a great finish to a good season.

Donny Malone, with a late season injury, couldn’t compete thus shutting the door on a round 2 showdown with Charley Breest. Enter Steve Bukowski. Despite strong runs by Bukowski who charged the course all day, Breest rode to victory in both events securing his trip to Nationals, but it’s not done there. Both riders qualified for Nationals in the Boardercross so the saga continues. For Donny Malone, this was a disappointing end to his season. Malone, after a slow start to the year, exploded in the 2nd half dominating in the Halfpipe and Boardercross. Malone will still attend Nationals competing in both Alpine events.

BX/SX Winners 3.14.09 Catamount Event 2

Division - Athlete

  • Skier Boys - John Ferrara
  • Skier Men - Fred Licciardi
  • Grommet Boys - Robby Meehan
  • Menehune Girls - Alexa Cerra
  • Menehune Boys - Andrew Lloyd, Jr
  • Skier Boys - Sebastian Ferretti
  • Breaker Girls - Sophie Meade
  • Breaker Boys - Larry Redaelli
  • Youth Women - Sadie Saccoccie
  • Youth Men - Daniel Legg
  • Junior Women - Molly Wasik
  • Junior Men - Charlie Breest
  • Women's Jam - Nicole Imbriani
  • Senior Men - Brian Lebow
  • Master Men - Frank Duffy