This award was created to memorialize Zeke’s contribution to the Rocky Mountain Nordic skiing community. Both of these skiers have demonstrated leadership and excellence and exemplify the awards criteria of having a positive attitude, being inspirational, demonstrating great sportsmanship, are great teammates, and have tremendous love and commitment for cross country skiing.
RMN received the following note from Sherri Steeves, Zeke’s wife:
“Thank you for sharing these nominations for this year’s recipients of the Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial award. It is so inspiring to read the coaches’ summaries of these extraordinary young people. I am in awe of these athletes and the coaches who make such a difference in the lives of youth. Zeke would be very humbled by the sportsmanship, spirit, and commitment demonstrated by these individuals. The Rocky Mountain Nordic skiing community is such a foundational experience for promoting leadership, character, and community. We are very grateful to the collective organization for all of your contributions to the development of youth and honoring Zeke. Congratulations to Wiley Corra and Elsa Perkins as incredibly deserving recipients of this year’s award.”
Sherri Steeves and the Zdechlik Family
In addition to Elsa and Wiley, Rocky Mountain Nordic received an incredible list of nominees this year including Taiga Moore, Kate Oldham, and Sarah Bivens. It speaks volumes about these five individuals that each of them received a vote from one or more RMN club to be this year’s recipient.
Wiley and Elsa were both honored to be this year’s recipients, here they are in their own words:
Unfortunately, RMN is unable to recognize the achievements of the individuals in a group setting this year. This award is especially poignant under the current circumstances, and we wish to honor the nominees and recipients for their leadership in a year with more challenges than usual. Each has a great story and through their time in RMN has made their mark. Please see the link to below to read each of their nominations.
To read the full nominations please visit:
Taiga Moore – Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club – nominated by AVSC.
Wiley Corra – Durango Nordic Ski Club – nominated by DNSC, BNJRT and SSCV.
Kate Oldham – Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club – nominated by AVSC.
Sarah Bivens – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail – nominated by BNJRT.
Elsa Perkins – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail – nominated by SSCV.
Thank you to Sherri Steeves, the Zdechlik family and the Jortberg family for helping to support this award and remind us of these wonderful things that are important in our skiing community.
– Rocky Mountain Nordic
Steamboat, February 26/27:
Big thanks for SSWSC to making it happen! Results can be found here:
There were some issues with waivers. Here are updated links:
- Each day there will be 3 separate race result links which I will send out to coaches after the results are final and posted.
- These links will be public and searchable at webscorer.com
Wax Call – Swix HS6
Info Sheets now available for:
Start times have been adjusted from what was in the original info sheet:
Friday – 11am
Saturday – 10am
- Ezra Smith- SNSC/Univ of Colorado
- Kate Oldham- AVSC
- Emma Reeder- SSCV
- Haley Brewster- SSCV
- Nina Schamberger- SNSC
- Sarah Bivens- CBNT
- Wally Magill- SSWSC
- Cameron Wolfe- SSCV
- Logan Moore- DNSC
- Jimmy Colfer- SSWSC/Denver University
- Cooper Jones- SSWSC
- Carson Williams- BNJRT
2020 U16 Select Team is:
- Nina Schamberger- SNSC
- Elsa Perkins- SSCV
- Grace Zanni- SSWSC
- Griff Rillos- SSWSC
- Ben Oldham- AVSC
- Tyler Wright- SSCV
Rocky Mountain Nordic is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the development of Cross-Country Skiing in Colorado. RM Nordic has a strong youth program encompassing over 350 young skiers and over 15 different clubs across the state. RM Nordic is working to expand the scope of its programs to provide world-class development and support structures for youth and adult skiers.
The vision of Rocky Mountain Nordic is to advance the sport of cross country skiing in the Rocky Mountain Region as a healthy lifestyle choice for people of all ability levels while developing and supporting internationally successful athletes.
It is the mission of RMN to provide educational, financial, logistical and developmental support for athletes, coaches, clubs and events in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond.
The RM Nordic Web site provides information on the RM Nordic organization, races schedules and results, training camps, and other events.
RM Nordic relies on the generous support of members, private donors, corporate sponsorship’s, and grants. If you would like to be part of the RM Nordic sponsorship team please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
All donations are tax deductible.