Squaw Valley ski cross racer Mara White claims Nor-Am Cup title
Mara White capped her highlight-filled ski cross season precisely how she intended — on the top step of the podium.
White, a junior at North Tahoe High School, took the hole shot out of the gate at the Nor-Am Cup Finals at Copper Mountain last week and never let off the throttle en route to the victory.
The win clinched the overall NorAm Cup ski cross title for White, who at age 16 is the youngest ever to claim the honor, said her father, Dick.
White shined in her final performance of the season.
After jumping out to the early lead in the final heat, she smoked the field, steadily pulling away to claim the win by a large margin. The field included the top U.S. woman on the World Cup circuit, Tania Prymak, who finished runner-up, and two other top NorAm competitors — Leah Emaus and Leta McNatt.
For White, who trains with the Squaw Valley Ski Cross team, it was as fitting way to end her year.
She recorded eight top-five finishes on the Nor-Am Cup circuit, including two wins and three second-place finishes, and qualified to compete at the FIS Freestyle World Junior Championships in Val Thorens, France, last month.
Such a busy travel schedule comes with expenses, however, which is why White created a GoFundMe page — http://www.GoFundMe.com/SkiMaraSki — in hopes of gaining sponsorships.
“I have a dream,” White says on her fundraising site. “I dream of flying down mountains chased by other skiers, I dream of launching off jumps shoulder to shoulder and I dream of being the fastest and standing on the podium. My goal is to ultimately make it to the US Ski Team to compete in ski cross at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.”
Another North Lake Tahoe native, Morgan Haymans from Tahoe City, also fared well at the Nor-Am Cup finals, finishing third.