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Local J3 racers represent in Wyoming

The Squaw Valley Ski Team sent six athletes to compete in the USSA Western Region J3 Topolino Shootout in Jackson, Wyo., from Jan. 1-5.

Foreste Peterson represented her club well, finishing as the top overall female athlete from the giant slalom and slalom time trials combined.

For her effort, the J3 racer ” birth year 1993-94 ” will represent Team USA at the 46th International Topolino Children’s event Feb. 17-23 in Italy. Team USA takes only one male and one female from the three regions of the country (Western, Rocky/Central and East).

The Topolino Shootout in Jackson featured the top 20 boys and 22 girls from the Western Region (Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Far West, Intermountain and Northern), with the top four boys and girls overall advancing to the USST National Development Systems Junior Champions camp in Colorado from Jan. 12-22.

Along with Peterson, Lena Andrews of Tahoe City earned an invitation to the elite camp ” which features the top 12 boys and 12 girls from the United States ” with a third-place finish overall.

“I am very proud of these two girls, to say the least,” said Lee Schmidt, a Far West ski coach of 31 years. “Currently, both girls are age-group ranked in the top-10 in all four disciplines (GS, SL, SG, DH) in the country.”

In addition to Peterson and Andrews, the Squaw Valley Ski Team was represented by Melissa Daniels of Tahoe City, Sal Monforte of Olympic Valley, Max Axelrod of Palo Alto and Mikey Suglian of South Lake Tahoe.

Daniels placed fifth in the GS and ninth overall, and Monforte finished eighth overall for the best result from the Far West boys.

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