Truckee’s Morganne Murphy named U.S. Overall Champion at J2 Nationals
SUGARLOAF, Maine and#8212; Standout Truckee skier Morganne Murphy was named U.S. Overall Womenand#8217;s Champion as the week-long J2 National Alpine Ski Championships concluded this past Thursday.
The weather itself was a challenge, causing the cancellation of half the races, including the downhill, but Murphy showed her toughness by posting the best combined score of all U.S. racers in the slalom, giant slalom and super G.
The North American overall title went to Canadian Devon Clarke, whose total surpassed that of all other racers. The J2 National Alpine Skiing Championships brought together top junior racers from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and is the premier event for competitors age 15 to 16.
Murphy is a standout in freestyle skiing disciplines as well as Alpine racing, and is the current U.S. Junior Ski Cross Champion. In addition to her U.S. Alpine title, her most notable accomplishments include placing fifth at the 2010 FIS Junior World Freestyle Ski Championships in Ski Cross, and winning a gold medal at the 2009 Western J3 Junior Olympics.
The Squaw Valley racer is also Truckee Highand#8217;s top-ranked varsity skier, maintains a 4.12 GPA and is the current Miss Teen Nevada County. Her next goal is to defend her U.S. Junior Ski Cross title. She would ultimately like to win a gold medal for her country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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