Jack Frost hosted it's first home race of the season this past Sunday. Approximately 135 U12/U10 racers from Elk, Blue, Shawnee, Montage, Camelback, and Jack Frost headed to our mountain for the 28th Annual Jim Rooney Memorial Race. This was also the first slalom race of the year for this age group. Although the day was long, the racers had a great time and showed great progress. The JF Boys had 5 of the top 10 overall times with Cam M. taking 3rd in U12 and Mark D taking 3rd in U10.
About the Jim Rooney Memorial -
Jim Rooney, an avid skier, had been employed since 1976 as an assistant head coach of the junior racing team at Big Boulder. In 1990 a few months before his death, he had represented the Pennsylvania Alpine Racing Association at the Eastern Junior Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y., where he was coach.
Big Boulder Ski School Director Michael McGinn said that Rooney coached about 130 youngsters between the ages of 4 to four and 17 who participated on Big Boulder's racing team.
"He was very dedicated to the kids," McGinn said. "He was outstanding as a coach."
Rooney was certified with the United States Ski Coaches Association as a Level 1 I race coach. John DeMattie, a family friend who knew Rooney for 12 years, said Rooney had been preparing to enroll in a two-week course for a Level 2 II coach certification.
He was also certified as a Level 1 I referee with the United States Ski Association.