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Truckee skier Morganne Murphy to represent U.S. at Junior World Championships

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Photo courtesy of Cory WrightMorganne Murphy, 16, of Truckee was the only U.S. girl chosen to compete in ski cross at the FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing Junior World Championships in Wanaka, New Zealand, on Saturday, Aug. 28.
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Morganne Murphy of Truckee could hardly contain her excitement when she received news that she was the only U.S. girl chosen to compete in ski cross at the FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing Junior World Championships in Wanaka, New Zealand, this Saturday, Aug. 28.

As the reigning 2010 U.S. Junior Ski Cross Champion and 2009 Junior Olympic Gold Medalist in super G, the 16-year-old Murphy has caught the attention of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), and is a rising star in both freestyle and Alpine skiing.

No stranger to international competition, Murphy represented the U.S. at the 2009 Whistler Cup in Canada and looks forward to competing against racers from Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Belarus, Australia and the Czech Republic at the Junior World Championships.

The event, sanctioned by the Federation of International Skiing (FIS), showcases the world’s top junior snowsports competitors, and is a stepping stone to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Ranging in age from 16 to 20 years old, many of the athletes have World Cup and 2010 Olympic experience and are selected by their nations to compete in this prestigious event.

Murphy is one of the youngest competitors, but is confident after recent training with the USSA in Mount Hood, Ore., and New Zealand, and getting some pointers from Olympian Daron Rahlves of Truckee. Murphy, a junior at Forest Charter School in Truckee and a Squaw Valley racer, vowed to make the USA and her hometown proud as she boarded the plane to New Zealand this past Tuesday.

The FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing Junior World Championships take place in Wanaka, New Zealand at Cardrona Alpine Resort from Aug. 20-31. This inaugural event is the first FIS World Championship to take place in the Southern Hemisphere, the first World Championship to combine freeskiing and snowboarding, and the first World Championship to include slopestyle.

For more information and daily updates and photos from the event, visit http://www.juniorworldsnz.co.nz.

and#8212; Submitted by Belinda M. Denmark to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.