JO spotlight: Clayton Kirwood |

JO spotlight: Clayton Kirwood

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VAIL – A 4-foot-11, it’s easy to overlook Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Clayton Kirwood. Do so at your own peril.

A first-year J3, Kirwood is holding his own with some of the more vertically-endowed racers this week, and he’s got some growing to do. When he’s not skiing, the seventh-grader at the Vail Mountain School is playing soccer and lacrosse.

For more on Kirwood, read on:

Born in: Boulder

Birthday: Oct. 25, 1996

Lived in Vail: Two years

What’s fun about skiing: “It’s fast.”

Biggest accomplishment skiing: “Probably third at the J4 Junior Olympics last year in Winter Park.”

Funniest moment on skis: “It’s funny if you stop and you fall over for no reason. I’ve fallen a few times. Or you’re just skiing down a hill and you just stop. You just lose your balance and fall over.”

Goals for this week: “My goals are probably to get top 10 in one or more of the races.”

Favorite discipline: “My best event right now is super-G. I don’t do to well in downhill because I’m really small. And I like slalom.”

Favorite moment of the Olympics: “Watching Bode win the super combined.”

Favorite skiers: Ted Ligety and Bode Miller

Powder day, where do you go: “We go to Windows and we just go all over in the Back Bowls.”

What’s on your iPod: “All sorts of music. Just like lots of exciting music. Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

Pre-race music: “I listen to a song called ‘300-Violin Orchestra.’ It has a really cool beat.”

Pre-race routine: “I warm up and I eat well.”

Favorite food: Pasta – “My mom makes a really good red sauce with Italian sausage.”

Favorite pizza slice: Pepperoni

Other sports: Soccer and lacrosse

Favorite subject: Science

What would you like to do in skiing: “I would like to win a World Cup race or win an overall World Cup title.”

Favorite book: Lance Armstrong’s “It’s not about the Bike”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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