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RMN Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial Award

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients Emma Barsness and Corbin Carpenter who received plaques and recognition at this year’s Junior Nationals.
In addition to the recipients RMN received a number of excellent nominees including Nina Schamberger, Grace Zanni, Mica Bodkins, and Alexander “Zander” Bertonneau.
RMN received the following note from Sherri Steeves:

What an honor to read the nominations for the Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial Award for 2022. These incredible young athletes embody the spirit, commitment, and community Zeke embraced so passionately. Thank you for recognizing these extraordinary athletes and their contributions to Nordic skiing. Congratulations to Corbin Carpenter and Emma Barsness on receiving this year’s recognition for their achievements, enthusiasm, and dedication to the sport. We are eternally grateful to all of the athletes, coaches, and families in the Nordic community.
Sincerely,
Sherri Steeves & The Zdechlik Family

To read the full nominations please visit:

2022 Nominations – Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial Award

Male Nominees:
Alexander “Zander” Bertonneau – Summit Nordic Ski Club
Corbin Carpenter – Aspen Valley Ski ClubFemale Nominees:
Nina Schamberger – Summit Nordic Ski Club
Emma Barsness – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
Grace Zanni – Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Mica Bodkins – Aspen Valley Ski Club

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.

Age Class Champions for U14 and Younger:

U14 Male – Landon Laverdiere – Summit Nordic Ski Club
U14 Female – Antigone Loomis – Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
U12 Male – Diego Leonard – Southwest Nordic Ski Club
U12 Female – Georgia Bishop – Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
U10 Male – Luke Gibson – Southwest Nordic Ski Club
U10 Female – Beatrice Bishop – Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
U8 Male – Rolan Gilfanov – Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team
U8 Female – Fiammetta Niemkiewicz – Summit Nordic Ski Club

2021-2022 Colorado Cup – Congratulations to all clubs for this season’s participation and to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail who ended up taking it home in the end.
Rocky Mountain Nordic is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the 2021 Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial Award – Elsa Perkins and Wiley Corra.

Elsa Wiley Awards.jpeg

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.”

Sincerely,

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:

Elsa Perkins Acceptance Video

Wiley Cora Acceptance Video

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:

2021 Nominations – Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial…

Male Nominees:

Taiga Moore – Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club – nominated by AVSC.

Wiley Corra – Durango Nordic Ski Club – nominated by DNSC, BNJRT and SSCV.

Female Nominees:

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

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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: rmnxcski@gmail.com

All donations are tax deductible.