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AJ Hurt to race Hahnenkamm Juniors

USSA and Staff report

North Tahoe freshman AJ Hurt, shown competing in a soccer game this past fall, is one of six U16 ski racers from the United States selected to race in the Hahnenkamm Juniors event in Austria on Wednesday.

PARK CITY, Utah — Before the U.S. Ski Team stars take to Kitzbuhel's famous Hahnenkamm downhill in Austria this weekend, North Tahoe High School freshman AJ Hurt will join five other up-and-coming U16 racers in the Hahnenkamm Juniors on Wednesday.

The fabled Hahnenkamm races, scheduled for January 22-24, are considered some of the most prestigious ski racing events in the world. The Hahnenkamm Juniors event gives top junior racers a taste of the atmosphere they may well experience in future years.

Hurt, who lives in Carnelian Bay and races for the Squaw Valley Ski Team, will be joined by fellow U16 National Training Group (NTG) members Kaitlyn Harsch, Allie Resnick, Ben Ritchie, Patrick Coughlin and Zane Worrell. The six athletes will compete in giant slalom and slalom races before combining their times for an overall team finish. USSA U16 NTG head coach John Cashman will lead the group.

"This is a unique opportunity for some of our best U16s to race on the Hahnenkamm slalom hill and soak up the atmosphere during World Cup week in Kitzbuhel," said USSA Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. "The team format is exciting too because it will unite the U.S. athletes around a shared goal. We are looking forward to seeing how they all compete against their European peers."

2016 Hahnenkamm Juniors

Men

Patrick Coughlin (North Salem, NY; Burke Mountain Academy; 4/10/2001)

Ben Ritchie (Waitsfield, VT; Green Mountain Valley School; 9/5/2000)

Zane Worrell (Vail, Co; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 8/29/2001)

Women

Kaitlyn Harsch (Avon, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 1/1/2001)

AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team; 12/5/2000)

Allie Resnick (Vail, CO; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail; 9/1/2001)