Grace Dolan wins tahoe basin league slalom and giant slalom state championships

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 9, 2011 10:02 am

Incline Village junior, Grace Dolan, won the giant slalom, slalom and overall titles at the Tahoe Basin League state championships at Sierra-at-Tahoe.  Facing some fierce competition, she held on to win the slalom by .09.  The giant slalom, however, wasn’t even close.  After a first run in which she lead by almost 2 seconds, all she had to do was ski a conservative run to secure the victory. 

She can add these state titles to the slalom championship she won as a sophmore, a year in which she also claimed a share of the overall.

“It was very impressive what she did,” said Incline head ski coach Joe Humasti. “The field that she was against was very competitive, with a number of Far West racers. She beat some of the top kids in the area.”

At age 5, Grace started competitive skiing at Diamond Peak Ski Area, right up the road from her home in Incline Village, Nevada.  After Diamond Peak she trained at the J3 level at Sugar Bowl and for the last 2 years as a J2 she has been training at Squaw Valley.

Her mother, Jain, had her on skis when she was about 2 and says, “We’ve packed in a lot of miles and alot of time.”   From her first victory, Grace remembers, “the first race I won I was skiing hard and really charging.  I got to the bottom and was so tired and I told my mom, ‘that was hard.’  That taught me you really have to put it all out there if you want to win.”

She’s a big fan of Josee Lacasse, her coach from the Diamond Peak Ski Team and US Ski Team members from the Lake Tahoe area including Marco Sullivan, Julia Mancuso and Stacey Cook.  Grace was granted a scholarship with the help of Stacey Cook through the Sun Valley ski tools program.  She has also been supported by the Far West Masters scholarship program and would like to thank Eddie Mozen and long time supporter and friend Doug Fulton.  Her present coach, Joe Humasti is also a key factor in her success.  Her plans for next season are to 3-peat and for her team to win a championship.  She is sponsored by Atomic, POC and hestra gloves. 

To keep herself in shape she puts in plenty of time at the gym.  Being highly motivated on her own, she records about 2 1/2 hours a day working on her core, legs and arms for softball.

A terrific athlete, she also excels at other sports.  On top of the 6 state medals she has from skiing, she has 2 from golfing, an individual runner-up and team first place from 2010. She is a shortstop on her high school softball team where she admits, “I’ll play anywhere but pitcher and catcher.”  She would like to play softball in college and thinks the University of Oregon would be a good fit.