Hauser, 16, named to tele national team |

Hauser, 16, named to tele national team

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SILVERTHORNE ” Drew Hauser isn’t taking his latest ” and greatest ” telemark skiing accolade lightly.

And why would he? The 16-year-old Silverthorne resident had dreamed of making the national telemark team. Then, about a week ago, it happened: he was named to the men’s “B” team, making him the second youngest of the national team’s 15 members.

Hauser didn’t expect the distinction, especially this late in the season, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking steps to ensure this is only the beginning.

He gets up every morning before school, hops on a stationary bike and rides for about a half-hour. Then he really goes to work ” lifting weights, doing plyometrics, anything to make him sweat. On the weekends, he climbs mountains to push his legs even more.

“I was pretty shocked,” Hauser, a junior at Summit High School, said of his inclusion on the national team. “It was something I’ve been hoping for for a while ” I was hoping to make it last year ” but it was so late already this year that it was even more of a surprise.”

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For those in the freeheel racing know, Hauser’s national team recognition comes as no surprise. He won the slalom, giant slalom and sprint classic junior national championships last year, and took second in classic (which, like sprint classic, involves some uphill skating as well as downhill racing).

His times, in fact, would’ve placed him sixth in the elite men’s slalom race, and sixth in the GS. He’s planning on racing in that elite division for this year’s nationals, as well as traveling throughout the country to compete in other events required by the U.S. Telemark Ski Association (USTSA), which governs the national team.

Hauser, like the rest of the world’s telemark skiers, is still hoping his sport gets recognized by the International Olympic Committee in time to make it an official sport at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He wants to compete there.

Until then, he said he’s shooting for a spot on the A team and in World Cup events.

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