Locals compete in national ski competition
June 28, 2012 12:34PM
Ann Engelmann, of Palos Heights, races to a silver medal at the NASTAR National Championships in Winter Park, Colorado.
Updated: August 2, 2012 6:09AM
Palos Heights native Ann Engelmann and Heather Segar, of Tinley Park, recently traveled with other members of the Nomad Ski Club, to the NASTAR National Championships in Winter Park, Colo. Seger came home with a gold medal in her age and division bracket, while Engelmann won a silver. It was the first time competing in the event for both.
NASTAR, the National Standard Race, is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world. Participants are ranked in their ability group and the top ranked racers qualify to compete in the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
“This is a great event for all skiers,” Engelmann said. “The exhilaration of ski racing in friendly competition, and meeting former Olympian Picabo Street was incredible. I encourage all skiers and snowboarders to race Nastar, you’ll get hooked like I did. I highly recommend that they join a ski club. I wouldn’t have gone to the Nationals without the help of fellow Nomad members who gave encouragement and coaching through the year.”
Seger is the membership director of the Nomads.
“We’re more than a ski club,” she said. “Besides a full schedule of local and western ski trips, we keep active all year long. Our club is a four seasons club offering activities and social events for all. We feature a full biking schedule and offer a number of social events each month, which is a great way to make new friends. Anyone interested in staying active and meeting new friends is invited to our meetings to check us out.”
The club meets twice a month: the first Wednesday of the month at Mitch’s Pub, 13815 Cicero Ave., Crestwood; and the third Thursday of the month at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest.
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