Bloomfield Hills Marian senior Olivia Weymouth races down the hill Feb. 11 in the Division 2 regional finals at Alpine Valley in White Lake. Weymouth took first place in both the slalom and giant slalom at the regional finals before winning the same races at the state finals Feb. 25 at Boyne Mountain.

Bloomfield Hills Marian senior Olivia Weymouth races down the hill Feb. 11 in the Division 2 regional finals at Alpine Valley in White Lake. Weymouth took first place in both the slalom and giant slalom at the regional finals before winning the same races at the state finals Feb. 25 at Boyne Mountain.

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Marian senior goes out on top with double state champion honors

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 5, 2019

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — To say that Olivia Weymouth has been successful in her ski racing career thus far would be an understatement. Just days after turning 16 years old, Weymouth won a Federation of International Ski Racing U19 giant slalom championship.

Also under her belt is a FIS NAGY championship, where her name was etched into the same trophy as ski racing icon Lindsey Vonn.

The latest awards to make their way into her trophy case are the Division 2 giant slalom and the slalom individual state titles in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state final Feb. 25 at Boyne Mountain.

“I was very excited, because I’ve worked so hard,” Weymouth said. “The work I put in during the summer, training all over the world, it was just awesome to get those titles.”

The giant slalom was the second run of the day. Ironically, this is the race she is most equipped to win, but it was actually her closest race. The senior, with a combined time of 1 minute, 13.84 seconds, beat her close friend Rochester Adams’ Kaylee Richardson by 0.08 seconds.

Weymouth said her GS strategy was just to make a clean run and reach the bottom of the hill unscathed.

Prior to the GS race was the slalom. As a junior at this event a year ago, Weymouth did not finish the race. Even with more experience, this year’s state final run was not a guaranteed win.

While many other racers switched to smaller skis to better combat the course, Weymouth stuck to her guns and relied on an aggressive second run.

That strategy paid off as Weymouth, with a combined time of 1:04.88, won the state title by 2.5 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Northview High’s Megan Paasche.

“It was an incredible feeling,” Weymouth said about getting that monkey off her back. “I was hoping for at least one title this year. When I took both titles, it was like a dream come true.”

As for the Marian team as a whole, the Mustangs finished at the bottom with a combined score of 236, while Pontiac Notre Dame Prep took first place with 64 points.

Despite the team result, Weymouth said she was proud of the team because of how far it has come. Many of the skiers didn’t race prior to high school, so placing second at regionals and qualifying for the state meet was an accomplishment in and of itself.

“I was so proud of this team. They worked so hard. We ended up second at regionals. My girls worked so hard to get there. Making states with that team meant so much more to me than freshman year when it was much more than just an expectation of our team. This team earned it and put in a lot of work for it,” Weymouth said.

Up next for Weymouth are the high school nationals, where she will compete for team Michigan. The races will take place March 7 at Attitash Mountain in Bartlett, New Hampshire.

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