A Tale of Two Trophies
Vermont’s Amy Glen narrowly edges out Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell.
Nadler makes history
in the giant slalom.
again this year. But her two teammates came
down with food poisoning just days before
the races began, and they never recovered
in time to produce supporting results. The
alpine team’s slalom performances also fell
short of expectations, and those two strokes
of bad luck severely handicapped the Utes,
who had seemed to cruise through most of
the winter with good luck on their side.
Colorado made an impressive move on the
final day to rival Utah for the position of runner-up, but came up short by a single point
and placed third overall. They still departed
with freshman Adam Zika’s individual title in
giant slalom and Erika Ghent’s podium in slalom as well as the closest finish to the Utes
Soderman skates to
The Vermont men’s alpine captain, Colton Hardy, is not listed on results from NCAAs, but
he endured more than maybe any other Catamount to secure the title. In the fall, his mother’s
home in Jamaica, Vt., was swept away by Tropical Storm Irene floods along with most of the
family’s possessions — including the 2005 NCAA giant slalom trophy that his brother, Greg
Hardy, had won while racing for UVM.
“Greg was spending eight hours a day specifically looking for that trophy,” said Colton. “I never
said it to him, but the whole time I was thinking, ‘You’re never going to find it, man; it’s definitely
gone.’” Amazingly, Greg’s trophy was eventually found buried in sand three miles away from their
property by neighbor Missy Buffom, who promptly returned it.
Colton always wanted an individual title like his brother, but even in his senior year as captain
he was unlikely to ski many carnivals. Alpine coach Johnny Davidson was on the Vermont team
with Greg and then trained Colton. “What impressed me most about Colton was that even when
the writing was on the wall that he wasn’t going to get many starts this year, he still showed up to
practice every day trying to get better,” said Davidson. “He was always psyched for the team over
himself.” At the UVM Carnival slalom, Colton posted the top team result in ninth. Two weekends
later, he earned a spot on the roster for Williams.
Greg was thrilled with his alma mater’s victory as well as his brother’s off-the-radar contributions.
“I know how hard Colton has worked since he was 9,” said Greg. “No one deserves this more
Whose trophy counts for more in the sibling rivalry? “My individual trophy is awfully small compared to Colton’s — that team trophy is huge!” said Greg.
Colton maintained modesty by adding, “Now that we have both an individual title and team title
in the family, it caps off what I always wanted.” Hats off to those Green Mountain Hardy Boys.
Greg Hardy’s recovered
2005 NCAA giant slalom
trophy, found in the sand.
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