Max Hall leads Squaw Valley skiers at Whistler Cup
Max Hall of the Squaw Valley Ski Team posted Team USA’s most consistent results among 13- and 14-year-olds in the 18th Annual Whistler Cup held at Whistler/Blackcomb, British Canada, from April 4-11.
More than 400 young ski racers from 27 nations and#8212; including Austria, Italy, Japan, Australia and others and#8212; competed in the event, which is known as one of the most prestiges international junior children’s Alpine ski races in the world.
Team USA consisted of four boys and girls from each region of the country and#8212; Eastern, Rocky/Central and Western.
Hall led the U.S. contingent with a ninth in super G, eighth in slalom and ninth in giant slalom. Fellow Squaw Valley Ski Team member Maddie Johnson finished 13th in super G and 25th in GS, while Julia Bjorkman and Hannah Johnson, both from Diamond Peak, also attended the Whistler Cup.
and#8220;This is an amazing event for this age group,and#8221; said Lee Schmidt, coach of the Squaw Valley Ski Team. and#8220;It is usually the first international racing experience for most of these athletes. It sets the bar and allows them to see how they compare with the best in the world.
and#8220;Now, our athletes know what they need to do to compete at the next level, and how hard they must work to achieve their goals.and#8221;
Team USA, which was the defending champ, finished third in Kinder II with 146 points, trailing Austria’s 187 points and Canada’s 156.