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Sugar Bowl Academy ski racers to train, race in Southern Hemisphere

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The best ski racing athletes from around the world and some of the top local kids will soon converge on the South Island of New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphereand#8217;s premier race program at Treble Cone Race Academy.

Under the direction of Austrian coaching legend Guenther Birgmann, the program has attracted aspiring world cuppers and national team athletes and from Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan and of course, New Zealand.

A number of the North Tahoe areaand#8217;s top racers will be heading Down Under to join in Treble Cone Race Academyand#8217;s summer training programs in conjunction with the Sugar Bowl Academy. The local racers who will participate include Jake Scannell, Owen Wattenmaker, Nico Monforte and Dylan Murtha.

Treble Cone Race Academy starts the Southern Hemisphere season off with their three- and four-week development camps, which are already sold out. Training is focused on building an athleteand#8217;s FIS (International Ski Federation) experience, with some great scoring opportunities in the Wanaka, New Zealand, FIS series.

The giant slalom and slalom races are held at Treble Cone and at nearby Cardrona and take place in the beginning of August. The Treble Cone Race Academy development program offers a great opportunity to race against an international field of racers as well as a chance for aspiring athletes to lower their FIS points with great penalties. Athletes enrolled in the Treble Cone Race Academy will be placed in one of two academy lodges in the Wanaka area, either the Te Awa Lodge or the Lookout Lodge.

As part of the programand#8217;s extensive athlete management program, a dry-land training program has been developed by the academyand#8217;s own exercise physiologist, physiotherapist and fitness coaches. Programs are conducted along with ski tuning and video analysis with the coaches after on-snow training.

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The Treble Cone Race Academy Elite FIS program starts Aug. 3, and there are only two spots still remaining.

and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.