Blake Action of Ahwahnee won the eight-race Giant Slalom USSA/Far West Central Series Championship this year in Mens Under 14 division. He swept the series in his category with five first place finishes, earning him the championship. In addition, Action brought more honor to his club, the Yosemite Winter Club (YWC), and his community this season by becoming the featured 2014 men's racer at Dodge Ridge Ski Area, his name engraved next to his sister Emerson on the Forever Plaque for fastest overall racers.
Emerson Action placed third in the series in the Ladies Under 12 division.
The siblings joined the Yosemite Race Team at age eight and age five. Blake and Emerson's six years of devotion to competition ski racing has paid off for the 13 year-old and 11 year-old. Their championship journey included leaving before dawn to train at Badger Pass, racing in negative 11 degree temperatures at Bear Valley, training and racing in rain showers and cold winds, skiing steep icy slopes, and always encouraging each other along the way.
The Far West Central Series includes teams from Central Sierra ski areas the Yosemite Race Team of Badger Pass, the Dodge Ridge Ski Team, the China Peak Race Team and the Bear Valley Ski Team.
Blake Action started off with his first 2014 win at Bear Valley in slalom, then he won the next two races in giant slalom at Dodge Ridge, and finally two more wins in Giant Slalom races at China Peak. USSA's Far West region is a stepping stone for young racers advancing to the US Ski Team and US Olympic Team.
Blake and Emerson's positive attitudes on the team were awarded last season, with the "Little E Award" by Yosemite Race Team Coach Tom Medema.
Additionally, the YWC awarded Blake and Emerson with scholarships to ski racing school which have been an integral part of their training and success. The brother and sister point to their coaches from the past six years (Lee Tarnay, Kelly Martin, Tom Medema, Rick Young and Olin/Lacasse Ski Racing School coaches) for contributing to their success on the slopes.