Rye’s Downhill Racers

Billy Chabot, Grant Keith, Peter Chabot, and Tommy Carver

Grant Keith, 12, and Tommy Carver, Billy and Peter Chabot, all age 10, qualified to represent three different states at the annual Francis Piche Invitational Giant Slalom March 18 and 19 at the Gunstock Ski Resort in Gilford, N.H. The event is a precursor to next year’s Junior Olympics.

In the two-day event, state teams from throughout New England competed in a team format. The first day, the teams are split up so that racers can train and socialize with their competitors from the other teams. The second day is a traditional Giant Slalom race.

Billy and Peter, twin brothers, competed for the New York Team, Tommy competed for Vermont, and Grant for Massachusetts.

The race field was very strong, with over 250 competitors in the J3-5 age groups. Despite the warm weather, the snow conditions held up well.

Photo by Andrew Keith

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