A Souvenir from My Girls

Dec 9, 2013 by     1 Comment     Posted under: Blog Post

“My Girls” (photo courtesy of Aaron Humphrey)

All Talon Crew volunteer Aaron Humphrey wanted from the Birds of Prey races was a photo with “his girls.” Hump, as he is known, has coached many, many skiers over the years. With two of his former students now skiing on the US Ski Team, he looked forward to watching them on the new Raptor course.

Hump coached the young Katie Ryan and Jackie Wiles and fondly remembers both girls.

He first coached Jackie at around 5 or 6 years of age at a Mt. Hood development camp. “She was a little hellion at that point,” he reminisces, noting she was an obvious athlete from the start. She now skies on the US Alpine C Team. During the Women’s Birds of Prey races, she competed in both the Super G and the Downhill.

Katie, on the other hand, was not an obvious athlete, but rather “just another little girl skier,” Hump recalls. As an 8-year-old wearing a bright yellow-orange ski suit, she earned the nickname “SunKist.” As she grew, she worked hard, skiing faster and faster. Now on the US Alpine B Team, she foreran the Super G.

“I loved it. I was psyched to see them out there,” Hump said after the races.

Both girls knew Hump would be working on the course, and asked if he would like a souvenir from the races. Jackie and Katie took time from their racing schedules and made sure Hump got his wish!


by Heather Thomas
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  • Hi Hump,
    I was nice working with you at the WC! Nice picture with your “girls”


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