A-Team Events Crew - Jeremy Mihaylo and Blake Richards
Chief of Race Jeremy Mihaylo, Chief of Course Blake Richards and Program Director Mark Wedeking are ready for some Blade Runner stoke after 2018 IMD Champs
First On; Last Off
Jeremy Mihaylo – Chief of Race
Blake Richards – Chief of Course
BBSEF is delighted to welcome the A-Team events crew Jeremy Mihaylo and Blake Richards back to Bogus Basin for the Trudi Bolinder Super G this weekend. Jeremy and Blake round out the stellar team that works behind the scenes to provide a challenging and fun race experience for the IMD U16/U19 Alpine athletes.
Though both now live out of state, they continue to bring their considerable race and course expertise back to Bogus Basin in support of Alpine racers throughout the Intermountain Division. It is a level of competition they both know well.
Both stepped into the start gate as BBSRA Mitey Mites and were coached by Mark Wedeking as they advanced through the program. Jeremy raced through his junior year in high school, competing in the Junior Olympics twice. “I still have a photo of my 16thbirthday celebration with Coach Wedeking and the team,” he said.
Meanwhile, Blake raced until he turned 14 and two-a-day football practices drew him away from midweek Alpine training. Not one to leave the mountains behind, he started pitching in on course crew. In 2016 he worked the course for the U.S Alpine National Championships in Sun Valley. Invited back to Nationals in 2018, he opted instead to serve as Chief of Course for the IMD Champs here at Bogus Basin. He and his family encountered road closures and endured an 11-hour drive from their home in Montana to make it happen.
Jeremy and Blake agree that the greatest challenge to race prep is the weather. “Typically, we spend the entire week prior to the Trudi installing 120 b-nets.” It is just one of the countless behind-the-scenes details that they must manage in the run up to any Alpine event. True to form, the A-team crew, BBSEF coaches, volunteers and Bogus Basin personnel have been facing off with a wind-driven powder train since the end of practice last Sunday. “It is the nature of ski racing,” said Blake.
BBSEF events, and the Bolinder in particular, are special to the crew members. “It is an opportunity to work with our second family,” said Jeremy. “We have a lot of history here.”
The Trudi Bolinder Super G memorializes Blake’s grandmother who instilled a passion for skiing in the entire family. Blake enjoys passing the torch to the next generation, including his own three children who will, no doubt, be rippers in their own right.
“We are the first on and the last off every race day,” said Jeremy. “Our goal is to provide a seamless race for the kids with no time delays for course repairs.”
“We don’t get to see the race,” said Blake. “In some ways it can be thankless because you are so far behind the scenes. But if kids leave thinking ‘man that was a great race’ then we have done our job.”
Let us be the first to thank you Jeremy and Blake!
We appreciate your hard work and everything that you do for youth ski racing.
We aim to bring snowmaking to the runs highlighted in green.
We are excited to help Bogus Basin expand their snowmaking operations. Yes, February has delivered the goods we all love, but we want to help provide all skiers and snowboarders who take advantage of this local gem with more snow-covered terrain in the early weeks of the season. More snow on the ground means even more early season fun for all!
BBSEF is committed helping Bogus Basin expand snowmaking operations to Sourdough (The Ridge) and Stewart’s Bowl. We aim to turn the green highlighted line on the Bogus Basin map white with snow. Snowmaking on these two runs will:
Boost early season training opportunities each December and January for BBSEF Race, Freeski and Snowboard programs
Enhance the competitive experience for everyone from Mitey Mites to Masters
Provide additional terrain coverage for the public to enjoy
This campaign is designed to extend the fundraising ask beyond BBSEF members. Just as many hands make light work, many donors lighten the fundraising load. We all know people who share the love of skiing and snowboarding. And we all know people who support kids. Let’s get them all involved! Please spread the word and share on Facebook.
Mike Brown & his daughter enjoy a pre-race breakfast
Mike Brown and his daughter spent Saturday and Sunday morning preparing for the Cranston Cup. While his daughter had racing on her mind, Mike focused on the list of volunteers. As the Cranston Cup volunteer coordinator, he made sure all of the positions were filled and that each volunteer knew what to do, where to be and when. “It is a lot easier at the North Series level,” said Mike. “Parents tend to know what they are doing, and the ones that don’t can quickly learn what they need from me or another volunteer. Today, they are all good and ready.”
Mike speaks from experience. He served as the volunteer coordinator for Mitey Mite and home team events for three seasons. “Some events are like herding cats,” he said with a laugh. “But we get it figured out. It is actually really well organized.”
Mike doesn’t have a favorite volunteer position. “They are all essential. You have to have them all filled to run a race. Gate keeper jobs require the most people and provide the best view of the race. Parents who like to ski sign up for course maintenance. Those jobs fill up fast.”
Folks who would rather not spend the day on snow can sign up to prepare the scoreboard, sort bibs, or in the case of the Michael B. Young Big Mountain event, check in athletes. Those who would rather volunteer in town can sign up to pack lunches for the volunteers at the BBSEF office.
Volunteers who spend events standing on snow may wish to bring a small piece of carpet to reduce the chill to their toes. A backpack with a warm thermos, extra hand warmers, sunglasses and sunscreen helps as well.
BBSEF has two exciting events coming up this month, and each requires about 30 volunteers per day.
Alpine race teams from throughout the Intermountain Division will travel to Bogus Basin and compete in the Trudi Bolinder Super G February 16-18.
The competitive season is here, and it is loaded with excitement, enthusiasm, nerves, hope and anxiety, not to mention the potential for disappointment. Sport Psychologist Dr. Jim Taylor offers specific suggestions for supporting your child on race day:
Remind yourself why your kids ski race (and it has nothing to do with results).
Be happy and have fun at races. If you are, your children mostly likely will too.
If you can’t control your emotions at races, don’t go.
Before races, if you find that you are stressed, worried, or anxious, stay away from your kids.
Before races, don’t try to motivate or coach them; nothing you say will help, but a lot you say can hurt.
Before every race run, smile and say “I love you.”
Don’t look at Live-Timing, at least until you’ve talked to your young racer and heard firsthand how race day went. Better yet, uninstall it from your phone!
After every race run, smile and say “I love you. Do you want a snack?”
After races, if you find yourself frustrated, angry, or otherwise upset, stay away from your kid till you’ve calmed down.
Here’s the toughest one: NEVER, EVER talk about results!! I know this sounds impossible, but it can be done (though it takes tremendous willpower). If your children bring up results, just say, “Results don’t matter now. What matters is that you gave your best effort and had fun.”
“…what matters is not the results, but rather that young racers have a passion for our sport, are willing to work hard and accept its inevitable highs and lows, and continue to develop physically, technically, and mentally in preparation for transition to [the next level].” (Taylor, 2018)
Jim Taylor, Ph.D., competed internationally while skiing for Burke Mountain Academy, Middlebury College, and the University of Colorado. Over the last 30 years, he has worked with the U.S. and Japanese Ski Teams, many World Cup and Olympic racers, and most of the leading junior race programs in the U.S. and Canada. He is the creator of the Prime Ski Racing series of online courses and the author of Train Your Mind for Athletic Success: Mental Preparation to Achieve Your Sports Goals.To learn more or to contact Jim, visit drjimtaylor.com