Junior Olympics begin at Keystone | SummitDaily.com

Junior Olympics begin at Keystone

KEYSTONE – The high-speed action of a downhill race isn’t something Summit County sees a lot of, but that will change today at Keystone.

Training for the 2003 Chevy Trucks United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Rocky-Central J1 and J2 Olympics kicked off Wednesday on the Go Devil course at Keystone, and racing begins with a downhill at 11 a.m. today.

Racing continues at Keystone with a super G on Saturday, a boys giant slalom Sunday and a girls GS on Monday. The event wraps up Tuesday with a boys and girls slalom and an awards ceremony at Copper Mountain.

The Junior Olympics feature only the very best 15- through- 19-year-old skiers from the Rocky Mountain (RMD) and Central divisions. Many of those qualified to participate from the RMD are from Summit County.

Team Summit, one of the primary organizers of the Junior Olympics at Keystone, is going to have ample representation competing throughout the next few days.

Summit High School state giant slalom and Junior Olympics defending champion Tucker Burton will be among the Team Summit racers competing, as will high school state slalom champion Shelly Miller. Daniella Meier, Evan Barrett, Bobby Paulus, Shun Sakaguchi, Tomo Shirasaki and Koki Uchida will also race for Team Summit.

Despite the new snow, Team Summit representative Amy Critz said downhill training, which has featured 90 male and 40 female racers, has been very successful.

“The course is running pretty fast,” she said. “Everything is going really smoothly.”

Quantum Sports Club will also have local representation in the Junior Olympics at Keystone.

Chelsea Lynch, who recently returned from racing in Europe, Lauren Brien, Lyndee Janowiak and Raquel Reyes will race for Quantum’s girls team, and Gary Beresford, Conor Lynch and Austin Johnson will race for Quantum’s boys.

“It’s wonderful to have a big event like this here at home,” said Quantum coach Olin Armstrong. “Knowing the hill always plays an advantage. A lot of it is psychological. We get to go home and sleep in our own beds and tune our skis in our own garages. The downhill is a very difficult course. It should be challenging.”

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