Six members of the U.S. Ski Team Europa Cup training group will represent the U.S. at the Junior World Championships (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 14) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 15 elite athletes to compete at the 2013 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championship scheduled for Feb. 19-28 at Le Massif and Mont Ste Anne, Quebec. Each athlete heralds from top USSA club programs across the country including 2013 NorAm downhill title winner Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO) and Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, OR), who is in the hunt for the NorAm overall title.
A group of 15 young athletes will compete Feb. 21-28 at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Quebec.
Among the top racers are 2013 NorAm downhill title winner Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO) and Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, CO), who is one point behind Norwegian Kristine Gjelsten Haugen in the NorAm overall chase.
Notably absent from the roster is Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who will remain in Europe to focus on the World Cup where she is leading the Audi FIS World Cup slalom standings.
Defending World Juniors downhill and combined gold medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) will also miss the competition due to a season ending knee injury suffered during the super combined at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships.
Medals will be awarded for downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, a traditional combined, team event and the Marc Hodler Trophy for overall team performance.
The Championships will be split between Le Massif and Mont Ste. Anne.
2013 FIS ALPINE JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Men Jack Auty, Durham, NH, 3/13/95 (Burke Mountain Academy) Bryce Bennett, Olympic Valley, CA, 7/14/92 (Squaw Valley Ski Team) Keiffer Christianson, Anchorage, AK, 8/11/92 (Dartmouth Ski Team) Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Starksboro, VT, 3/27/92 (Cochran's/Mount Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club) Robert Cone, Killington, VT, 1/12/92 (Middlebury College Ski Team) Samuel Dupratt, Park City, UT, 11/28/93 (Park City Ski Education Foundation) Matthew Strand, Lakeville, MN, 5/14/93 (Buck Hill Ski Team) Nick Krause, Northboro, MA, 5/12/93 (Stratton Mountain School)
Women Abby Ghent, Edwards, CO, 2/25/92 (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) Katherine Irwin, Vail, CO, 6/5/94 (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) Lila Lapanja, Incline Village, CO, 12/3/94 (Sugar Bowl Academy/Diamond Peak) Paula Moltzan, Lakeville, MN, 5/7/94 (Buck Hill Ski Team) Foreste Peterson, Berkeley, CA, 10/9/93 (Squaw Valley Ski Team) Katie Ryan, Aspen, CO, 1/3/93 (Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club) Jacqueline Wiles, Aurora, OR, 7/13/92 (White Pass Ski Club)
QUOTES Patrick Riml, U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director The base of our national team is the outstanding club programs that help boost our U.S. athletes to the next level as a part of our national development system. Junior Worlds are a great opportunity for these athletes to get big race experience amongst the fastest young athletes in the world. With the recent performances of these athletes, we have a strong team and look forward to a great Junior World Championships.
SCHEDULE (Speed events in Le Massif, technical events on Mont Ste. Anne) Feb. 21 – Women's giant slalom Feb. 22 – Men's downhill, women's slalom Feb. 23 – Men's super G Feb. 25 – Men's giant slalom Feb. 26 – Men's slalom, women's downhill Feb. 27 – Women's super G