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Team Summit a good fit for new member of Ski Team

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Kirsten Cooper joined Team Summit when she moved to Colorado from New Mexico as a 15-year-old.Unlike several other top Team Summit racers from the recent past, who transferred to new programs once they had a legitimate shot at qualifying for the U.S. team, Cooper decided to stay on a year after her graduation from Summit High School. She was joined by Katie Hartman and Taggart Spenst as postgraduate skiers.”Some kids left because of the time constraints we have with a public high school,” Elsey explained. “Some kids left because they were looking for pace – two or three other fast kids who could push them. … I think Kirsten believed in the (TS) coaches and she has someone to pace her in Katie Hartman. Those two are very competitive.”Hartman, who skied for this year’s U.S. Junior World Championship team, also had a strong season and was among the finalists considered for the devo team, according to Ramsden.Cooper, who was 4 years old when she told her mom she wanted to ski in the Olympics, is gearing up for her first U.S. team camp. “Physically, I’m in the gym every other day and running and biking every other day,” she said. “Mentally, I haven’t quite crossed that bridge yet. My coach seems like a great guy, so I just want to take it as it is and keep having fun with it.”Elsey seems confident in his departing athlete’s chances.”She’ll fit right in,” he said. “She’s a hard worker, who’s willing to make sacrifices to improve. She’s what they’re looking for.”


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