Marble racers ready for challenge on familiar powder
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Emily Butt competes as a Snow Stars racer at a race for budding skiers held at BrookVale in Prince Edward Island last season. She will make her alpine racing debut this weekend at the 2014 Marble Cup.
Emily Butt of Mount Moriah is one of the hometown girls eager to see how she stacks up.
Budding alpine skiers from the four Atlantic provinces will converge on Marble for the 2014 Teck Marble Cup with races scheduled to get underway today and wrap up Sunday afternoon.
Butt, who is 11 years old, will be making her big debut when she carves up the mountain for the host Marble team for the 2014 Marble Cup this weekend.
Butt strapped on the skis for the first time, as a four-year-old, as a participant in Marble’s Snow Stars program designed to introduce skiers to the racing side of the sport.
She will get her first taste of competitive alpine skiing on a familiar course so she’s excited about hitting the slopes this weekend.
“I’m excited because I get to be with all the older racers and I get to learn tips from them and everything,” Butt said earlier this week.
Super G and Giant Slalom races are scheduled for today on the Twister and OMG runs, while Saturday’s schedule features a giant slalom race on the same runs. On Sunday, about 70 skiers are expected to test their mettle in a slalom race on the Cruiser.
Awards will be presented to the top male and female skiers in both the juvenile and junior divisions as the top racers of all the events combined.
The Kris Waterman Memorial Award will be presented to a member of the Marble alpine racing team who displays leadership to the team and expresses sincere interest in the sport and respect toward the other athletes, coaches and officials. The Harvey Bishop Memorial Award will be awarded to the most spirited team at the Teck Marble Cup, while the Marble Cup — donated by the late Dr. Tom Farrell in 1977 — will be presented to the team with the most combined points for all races.
Butt has a passion for skiing so she spends her weekends carving up the slopes. She spent two days this week immersed in a technical camp at Marble to help her forge ahead with her development with hopes it will help her perform this weekend.
“I was learning how to go faster and how to go on my edges,” she said of the camp.
A student at Sacred Heart School, Butt will compete in all disiciplines in the Under-12 female group over the three-day showcase of alpine skiing in Atlantic Canada. However, she’s quick to point out she’s confident she will win a medal and her best shot is probably going to come in the Giant Slalom.
“The gates are further apart so it’s easier for me to go around faster,” she said.
She plans on approaching her races with a positive attitude with doing her best foremost on her mind. She has put in a lot of time to prepare so now it’s a matter of just doing her best on each day.
“I’m going to make sure I go fast and I’m going to try not to miss any gates,” she said. “I’m hoping that I will get a medal and I know there’s going to be a lot of good skiers so I’m just going to try my hardest.”
Having a chance to show everybody how she has developed in her first year is something she’s anxious about, especially since her parents, Peter and Angela Butt of Mount Moriah, and hopefully her sister April, will there to watch it all unfold.
For this young alpine skier, all that matters to her really is just being able to do something she thoroughly enjoys.
“I like being on the hill because it’s a nice feeling when you’re on the powder,” she said.
Races get underway 10 a.m. today and continue all day Saturday and Sunday.