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Northwest Indiana Skiers Win Medals in National Championship

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Published on April 20, 2016 with No Comments

Pictured center is Bill Leavitt, 74, of Valparaiso, finished first in age/gender division.

Five Northwest Indiana skiers recently qualified and raced in the NASTAR National Championships at Steamboat, Colorado.  Bill Leavitt, 74, of Valparaiso, finished first in his age/gender division.  Jack Anderson, 73, Porter, finished fourth in the same division.   Leavitt had raced in the championships six times prior to this year without winning a medal, so winning the gold (first place) was a real milestone for him.

Dave Hubinger, 79, Crown Point, finished second in his age/gender division.  Henry Bottando, 66, and Bill Stover, 69, both from Valparaiso, finished fourth and fifth respectively in their division.   Hubinger had won two bronze medals during the previous eight championships, but this year’s silver was his best effort to date.

Dave Hubinger

Hubinger also competed in the Lindsey Vonn EpicMix Race Finals at Vail, Colorado, on April 1, and finished second in his division there.

All five ski racers are members of the Duneland Ski Club, the largest and most active snow sports club in Northwest Indiana.

Bill Leavitt

The NASTAR races follow a giant slalom format, similar to those in the World Cub and Olympic competitions.  Racers compete in various age groups, and raced two runs each on March 24 and 25. The fastest run on each day was added together to determine the medals.

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