USSA/Far West Division names J3 Junior Championship team |

USSA/Far West Division names J3 Junior Championship team

The Far West division recently announced its athletes who qualified to compete in the Western Region Marriott J3 Junior Championships, scheduled for March 17-20 at Squaw Valley USA.

Each skier participated in three Far West divisional qualifier races and#8212; three slalom races at Snow Summit from Jan. 14-16, three giant slalom races at Northstar-at-Tahoe from Feb. 4-6, and three super G races at Squaw Valley on Feb. 26-27.

These J3 athletes, ages 13 and 14, take their best five of nine race results to qualify for the team.

The Western Region is made up of five divisions and#8212; Alaska, Northern (Wyoming and Montana), Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon), Intermountain (Idaho and Utah) and Far West (California and Nevada).

There will be 90 boys and 75 girls attending the championship race series, which will include super G, GS and slalom races. The winner of each discipline will represent the Western Region as part of team USA (also including Rocky/Central and East) at the 23rd Whistler Cup in British Columbia from April 4-12.

and#8220;This is a very strong and deep Far West J3 men’s and women’s team,and#8221; said Lee Schmidt, head coach of the Squaw Valley Ski Team. and#8220;Any one of the top eight boys or girls could win a race at this event. There were five different boys who won different qualifier races this season.and#8221;

Included on that list of top boys is James and#8220;Scottyand#8221; Lebel of Sugar Bowl, who represented the Western Region at this year’s Topolino International Children’s races in Slovenia in February.

And the girls are just as stacked, with six different athletes who won events at the qualifier races this season.

and#8220;It is a very talented field,and#8221; Schmidt said. and#8220;The race venue sites at Squaw Valley will be very difficult and challenging for this age group. The SG and GS races will be run off the east bowl of KT-22 into Exhibition, which is very steep. The slalom races will be held on lower Red Dog face, which is also very steep and challenging.

and#8220;These J3 athletes will be tested.and#8221;

The Far West J3 coaching staff includes Greg Jones, Tom Arnstein and Lee Schmidt from Squaw Valley, Luke Patterson and Lesley LeMasurier from Sugar Bowl, Noel Dufty from Heavenly, Eric Garrayoa from Diamond Peak, Bronko Malik from Northstar, Kerry Brownlie from Mammoth, Thad Epting from Snow Summit, and Robert Baker from Mt. Shasta.

and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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