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Kremmling’s ‘TnT’ are dynamite at cross country nationals

Diana Lynn Rau
Special to the Sky-Hi News

Tabor and Tyler Scholl are more than your normal siblings. The Scholl family is more than your average family. They train every day – cycling, running, weight-training, cross training for the seasons. And the siblings train with their parents, Shawn and Stephanie. But 10-year-old Tyler works to keep up with his 13 year-old sister Tabor and they push each other. No one else can touch them.

For the second year, they went to the AAU Regional qualifier in Brighton and moved on to the AAU Cross Country National Championships in Orlando, Fla., the first week of December. And for the second year, they BOTH brought home the national championship trophy. Tabor won the girls 13-14 age group and Tyler won the boys 9-10 age group. It was a brother-sister act at the highest level.

But they did not achieve that milestone without a plan, without a fight.

Their parents have long been setting athletic milestones in Grand County and beyond in one sport after the other. Shawn is currently the national coach of the U.S. Disabled Nordic Team while operating the Big Shooter Coffee Shop in Kremmling where his wife Stephanie does most of the work when he is traveling with the team besides counseling in the community.

They make time to train with their kids – they actually run and cycle and cross-country ski with Tabor and Tyler. And the kids spur each other on, good old-fashioned sibling competition and good old-fashioned fun.

But any top athlete has to be tough. Tyler was cycling with Shawn on the family ranch in late August when he went over a jump and, like a normal teenage boy, crashed headfirst, knocking out his two front teeth, his front bottom teeth and leaving his helmet very dented. Between his competitions, he’s had various surgeries and multiple root canals to put his mouth back together. Talk about a tough kid who’s all heart.

Tabor and Tyler attend Mountain Valley Christian Academy in Kremmling. They are currently deciding their plans for Nordic racing this winter.

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