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Local alpine skiers moving on to Junior Olympics, U.S. Nationals

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

After a season filled with top finishes in races across the Rocky Mountain region, a slew Team Summit skiers aren’t quite ready to put the skis away for the spring just yet.

A total of 14 alpine racers qualified for next week’s Junior Olympics in Sugarloaf, Maine, and another six will compete in the second set of the U.S. Nationals later in the month.

Needless to say, the county will be well represented.

In the J2 class, the team had five skiers earn spots in the JO competition. Nicole Anderson, Kegan Zorens, George Rodney and Colin Hayes are all slated to compete in their category. Conor McDonald, who also qualified, will not be able to race due to injury.

Team Summit had three girls qualify in J3, with Sarah Person, Hayden Shettig and Anne Parker ready to race. On the boys’ side of the class, Henry Maloney will compete.

In J4, Deane Long, Zander Naes, R.J. McLennan and Riley Kilgore will compete on the boys’ side. Ani Monroe will race for the girls.

For U.S. Nationals, racers compete in each of four disciplines (downhill, slalom, giant slalom and super-G) against the top skiers in the country, including some members of the U.S. Ski Team.

The dowhill race was held Feb. 27 in Aspen. Three Team Summit skiers competed in that race, with Ellie Hartman earning the team’s best finish in 38th. Her brother Brian was 64th on the men’s side, and Mark Miller was 47th.

The other three disciplines will be contested at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y.

All three of the dowhill competitors will take part in the races, in addition to Fletcher McDonald, Hunter Black and Luc Henri Chevalier.


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