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Cooper, Hartman bound for Junior World Champs

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PARK CITY, Utah – Team Summit graduates Kirsten Cooper and Katie Hartman were both recently named to the prestigious U.S. Junior World Championship Team.Cooper, who skis on the U.S. Devo Team, and Hartman, who joined the University of Colorado in January, will accompany 12 other athletes Feb. 23-March 1 in Formigal, Spain.Coloradoans Wiley Maple of Aspen and Alice McKennis of Glenwood were also named to the team. Team Summit ability coach Doug Elsey said two spots went to FIS points leaders, four to NorAm Cup leaders and one was designated on a discretionary basis. “We’re sending a strong team to Junior Worlds and we have expectations of medals,” U.S. alpine director Jesse Hunt said. “Travis Ganong has shown his capabilities, as has Kiley Staples, who won the NorAm slalom title last season. This group also has some promising younger juniors getting some experience against their international peers, which is so important as they look to advance to the World Cup and beyond.” Other local highlights from the weekend included a stellar performance by Zack and Jake Black of Dillon, who finished fifth and 10th, respectively at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Tamarack Idaho. Louie Vito won the event.Kim Krahulec of Silverthorne got more props for Summit County by taking third in women’s snowboardcross at Tamarack (Lindsey Jacobellis was the winner).Eric Willet, a 19-year-old who hangs his hat in Frisco, won the snowboard slopestyle at the Aspen Open on Friday. Willett, who won $5,000, didn’t get an invite to this year’s Winter X Games, even though he bested a number of riders who did last August when he finished fifth in the slopestyle at the New Zealand Open.