THE “BAčA CUP” 2019
On February 16, 2019 in near perfect conditions, Baca Cup Racing History was again made as we celebrated the 41st Annual Baca Cup International Invitational Ski Race. This year Mother Nature provided us with Clear Blue Sky's and Sunshine, Lovely Snow Conditions and in true “Baca Cup Spirit” our racers and families all had a “Fantastic Time”!
On behalf of Baca Lukas Mitchell Fletcher Congratulations go out to our 41st Annual Baca Cup Ski Race Champions Tomas Pavlicek and Natalia Girstlova for their outstanding Baca Cup victories and to Ambassador's Cup Winners Pavel Steen and Dasha Fletcher for their spectacular performances. We also wish to congratulate our 2019 Baca Cup Woman's Snowboard Champion Autumn Rhea and Men's Snowboard Champion Dan Butler for their dominant performances in our Snowboard Divisions. Another really great race was held with some wonderful characters, plenty of laughs, very few falls and NO major injuries which in our estimation is a “VICTORY” for everyone involved!
In recapping the weekend; Mother Nature helped out in providing almost 12” of fresh snow throughout the week which allowed Blue Knob the opportunity to build us an excellent race course and with the weather cooperating so well, our racers and families were able to come and go to the race and the awards celebration safely with everyone having an “Outstanding Time”.
On Saturday evening we shared a brief history of The Baca Cup, recognized our founder Baca Jiri V. Parma and shared a heartfelt moment of silence in memory of Baca Jiri Parma Fletcher (November 15, 19954 – August 6th 2018) who we recently lost to the Opioid Epidemic. We also recognized all of this years participants, our brothers and sisters from Sokol Washington, D.C., our friends at the Embassy of the Czech Republic Washington, D.C. and a host of others who have been responsible in paving the way for the Baca Cup we know and love today.
We also wish to give Special Thanks to the Blue Knob Mountain staff and Kiel Knisely and his Blue Knob Racing Staff for their outstanding work and awesome hospitality. We had an excellent course and our racers made another strong showing while showcasing their diverse cooperation, talents and skills, skiing prowess and overall Love of the Nordic Experience.
In addition, we wish to thank Chaz Wagner, Suzy Hagstrom, “Flyin'” Ian Cruz, Tomas Pavlicek, Dusan Neuman, Ingrid, Abigail, Dasha Fletcher, Glenn Horenberg and Bruce and Carol Ellington for their ongoing contributions throughout the year in “Stepping Up” to help out whenever necessary. Truly, we could not have done this awesome event without them and we are sooo grateful for their assistance.
On another positive note; we thanked Carol Ellington for her many years of participation as a Baca Cup Ski Racer and Race Committee Member and in doing so we also acknowledged her as a Baca Cup Legend. We also recognized Dusan Neuman as a Baca Cup Legend in offering his video and photo journalism talents to Baca Cup Racing year in and year out. No matter what the weather conditions may be or how far he may travel, Dusan has always been there for us and this year he was in Europe less than 24 hours before race time and arrived in the U.S. just in time to be with us again. So Congratulations go out to Dusan and Carol for all they have done and for being our newest “Legends of Baca Cup”! You are now officially acknowledged and firmly placed in Baca Cup History for all time.
As for the Celebration; we wish to thank Dasha Fletcher for her awesome Valasske Goulash, Carol Ellington for those amazing Moravian Beans, Tomas Pavlicek for his outstanding Czech Style Sour Kraut, Tomas and Ingrid, Victoria and Abby for their help in every possible direction and everyone else who contributed to the wonderful display of food and beverage we all enjoyed. Heck! Even the slightly burnt “Pigs in a Blanket” and Smoked Ham were enjoyed to completion while the fresh Keg of Pilsner Urquell was savored by all of the adults. The company was great, the food and beverage were wonderful and “we can't wait to do it all again next year”!
Special Thanks also go out to all our Baca Cup Racing Committee members for another impressive performance in making this one of the safest and smoothest events ever. Their contributions throughout the year in registrations, race and gate coordination, videography, photography, communications, statistics, results, awards coordination and overall assistance helped us once again to put on another first-class ski race. As always, we couldn't have done this without the help of ALL these very talented people and we are thankful, grateful, appreciative and blessed to everyone for their participation and assistance.
We also wish to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed a little extra for Baca Cup Racing and The Salas Hills Sports Club, to Sokol Washington for their continued support and to the Blue Knob Ski Resort for allowing us to carry on with our ski racing tradition for all of these years.
In closing for 2019, Dasha and I wish to say what a blessing it was to coordinate “The 41st Annual Baca Cup International Invitational Ski Race”. We really love watching the children and having the opportunity to spend this special time with all our Wonderful Friends, our Salas Hills Family, our Blue Knob Ski Family and our Sokol Brothers and Sisters. The competition is always fierce but the overwhelming camaraderie, the joy of the celebration and and the opportunity to take this one special day out of each year to share our “Love of the Nordic Experience is just amazing.
It's Great To Know after 41 Years - “The Baca's Dream Lives On”!
We hope everyone had as much fun as we did and wish everyone a safe and happy 2019 ski season.
Can't wait to “Ski Ya Soon”!!
With Peace and Love from our home to yours,
Carl & Dasha Fletcher
Baca Cup Race Coordinators