Local skiers well represented at Winter Park JO’s | SummitDaily.com

Local skiers well represented at Winter Park JO’s

WINTER PARK – The Rocky-Central J3 (13- and- 14-year-olds) Olympics take place at Winter Park March 9-16, and of the 80 athletes qualified to compete, more than 20 will represent Summit County.

Team Summit’s Katie Hartman is at the forefront of the qualifiers, having beaten the slalom field by four seconds and winning the giant slalom a few days ago at one of the final JO qualifying events at Winter Park.

Taggert Spenst is the leading qualifier for Team Summit J3 boys. He took three second-place finishes in the Winter Park qualifying races. Eric Davis, who had the best finish of any American in his age group a few weeks ago in Topolino, Italy with a 10th place in slalom and a 22nd in GS, also will race for the Team Summit boys, as will Jeremy Elliot, Aaron Hogan, Ian McKnight, Dustin Murray, Alex Gruber, Josh Stein, Tanner Bardin, Fletcher McDonald, Drew Beling, Tanner MacDonald, Ian McKnight, Dustin Murray and Andrew Rothber.

Alice McKinnis, Alexis Vest Burton, Kirsten Turner, Blaine Martin, Erica Saylor and Margie Thorp will race in Winter Park for the Team Summit girls.

“We are set up to go to Winter Park and (will) make sure Team Summit is a dominant force at JOs and that our community will be well-represented at the championship event,” said Andrew Ash, Team Summit head J3 coach.

Quantum Sports Club will bring a team of five local skiers to Winter Park for the J3 Olympics. Alex Guras, Lexina Paddock, Taylor Lynch, Conrad Schmidt and William Truesdell are Junior Olympic qualifiers for Quantum.

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