Vail’s Abby Ghent off to Jr. Worlds
Vail, CO Colorado
PARK CITY, Utah – The U.S. Ski Team has named 14 junior athletes to represent the USA in the 2011 World Junior Alpine Ski Championships at Crans Montana, Switzerland, Jan. 29 – Feb. 6.
And thus, Abby Ghent of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, get your passport ready.
The selected athletes, ages 15-19, qualified based on performance results in the NorAm Cup series this season.
An important international championship for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, the World Junior Championships acts as an indicator of the talent and depth of future World Alpine Ski Championships and Olympic Winter Games teams. The 2011 Team is strong with a variety of talent and depth including both World Junior veterans and rookies.
The men will open the Championships with a giant slalom on Jan. 30, knocking out the technical events before clicking into their speed skis. The Team will be led by returning World Junior team members Michael Ankeny of Minnesota and Nick Daniels of California as they head to Europe early for a series of FIS races in preparation for World Juniors.
“The idea is just to get the guys together for pace and a little racing before the event,” said Men’s Head World Juniors Team Coach Randy Pelkey. “The hill has a lot of rolls and blind spots and we’ve trained that all summer. Hopefully we’ll come into Crans [Montana] with guns a blazing.”
The women’s team, with many young members, is focused on fundamentals as well as gaining experience in a World Championship event. The women’s team will look to World Junior veteran Abby Fucigna of Massachusetts for leadership as the young group of women charge out of the gate.
“Our goals for the Austrian FIS races leading up to World Junior Championships are largely about gaining experience at a higher level of competition,” said Women’s Head World Juniors Team Coach Seth McCadam. “I am confident that the girls will rise to the challenge and compete on the big stage as Americans tend to do.”
The World Junior Alpine Ski Championships will conclude on Feb. 5 with the women’s super-G.