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Vol. 32, No. 10 [Page 6]
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Bar News Highlight
The Boarder Appeal
by Lindsay Packard
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Shred. Rip. Carve. Most everyone who grew up in the Midwest might think those verbs were in the recipe for a pulled-pork sandwich. They would never think that the terms would be synonymous with a thrilling ride down the peaks of a mountain.
Tracie J. Stumpf Hulbert, Cleveland native and Colorado transplant, had never stepped foot in a snowboard binding or ski binding for that matter, until her first year as a law student at the University of Denver College of Law. She then decided she needed an outlet for the stress that accompanied the rigors of law school. Like many of the harried individuals in Colorado, Tracie headed toward the mountains to find a natural endorphin release.
Now, in her fifth year as a snowboarder and her second as an attorney, Tracie works and plays in Summit County. Once a stress outlet, snowboarding has now turned into a full-time passion. Tracie competes in boardercross races. In this freestyle snowboard discipline, from four to six people leave the starting gate at the same time and then turn, twist, and jump their way to the finish line. The sport, which is currently a part of the US Open of snowboarding, as well as the X Games, will most likely be an Olympic event in 2006. Tracie is a member of the the United States of America Snowboarding Association ("USASA"), an association open to both amateur and professional snowboarders.
Last year, Tracie decided to take her passion a step further; she registered herself as a boarder for the Copper Mountain Snowboard Series, which she calls "a great locals mountain," and began racing in competitions across the state.
"It wasn’t enough for me to just board recreationally. I had to get more out of it, so I started competing. My parents were surprised that I am athletically inclined at all."
During the 2002–2003 season, through the Copper Mountain Snowboard Series and SOS Series in Breckenridge, Tracie placed second in three races, third in another, and was on her way to the USASA’s National Championships in Sunday River, Maine. In Maine, Tracie raced in the "Senior Women’s Division" (ages 23 to 29), and placed sixth. Tracie also landed her first local sponsor, A Racer’s Edge, located in Breckenridge.
Tracie is now looking to bigger and better things to improve in competition. The upcoming year will be her last as an amateur, because the 2004–2005 season will find her over the age of 29 and out of the range for the Senior Women’s Division. She will be ready for the challenge of the difficult professional Open Class. Curt, Tracie’s husband of two months (who also snowboards), will work with Tracie, videotaping her skills and training her for the next level. Next summer, she’ll spend a week in Oregon, at a training camp for competitive snowboarders.
Tracie is an associate at French West Brown Huntley & Thompson in Breckenridge, a firm that focuses on general civil practice, including real estate, land use, business transactions, and litigation. Many friends and family often wonder how Tracie manages such an active personal life, while still in the early stages of her professional career.
"My firm is very supportive. Obviously, when you work in the mountains, there tends to be a more relaxed way of life. I work with mountain bikers, skiers, and climbers. The firm understands the quality of life component, but they also know the value of hard work when you’re at work, and that’s something I really appreciate."
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