A promising group of 16 talented athletes – eight women and eight men – have been named to the 2018 FIS Alpine Junior World Championships Team. The team, led by three-time Youth Olympic Games gold medalist River Radamus, will represent the U.S. in Davos, Switzerland, in six events from Jan. 29-Feb. 8, 2018.
Chosen athletes come from the C and D teams and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Training Group as well as top U.S. Ski & Snowboard club programs across the nation. Headlining the team and joining Radamus will be fellow 2016 Youth Olympic Games participant Keely Cashman, and frequent Alpine FIS Ski World Cup participants AJ Hurt, Patricia Mangan, Nina O’Brien, and Katie Hensien.
The team will have a good chance at the prestigious Marc Hodler Trophy, awarded to the team with the best overall performance. Last season, the U.S. finished fifth.
“Top five was a goal of ours last year, after only managing ninth in 2016,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “We still have a lot of work to do as a country to challenge for the title, so we’re keeping the same top-five team focus this year while aiming for more individual top-10 results.”
The 2018 Junior Worlds will include men and women’s downhill, super-G, alpine combined, slalom, giant slalom and a mixed team event. Live timing will be provided by FIS.
2018 FIS ALPINE JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
Name, Hometown; Team Affiliation; Club (Birthdate)
Keely Cashman, Strawberry, Calif; Squaw Valley Ski Team (4/4/1999)
Katie Hensien, Redmond, Wash.; Rowmark Ski Academy (12/1/1999)
AJ Hurt, Carnelian Bay, Calif.; Squaw Valley Ski Team (12/5/2000)
Abi Jewett, Ripton, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School (1/10/2000)
Patricia Mangan, Derby, N.Y.; Holimont Race Team (3/7/1997)
Abigail Murer, Wildwood, Mo.; Team Summit Colorado (1/18/1997)
Nina O’Brien, Edwards, Colo.; Burke Mountain Academy/Squaw Valley Ski Team (11/29/1997)
Isabella Wright, Salt Lake City; Aspen Valley Ski Club (2/10/1997)
Jimmy Krupka, Waitsfield, Vt.; Green Mountain Valley School (7/15/1998)
Matthew Macaluso, Vail, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (6/29/1999)
Andrew Miller, Park City, Utah; Park City Ski Team (12/18/1998)
Kyle Negomir, Littleton, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (10/03/1998)
River Radamus, Edwards, Colo.; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (2/12/1998)
Jett Seymour, Steamboat, Colo.; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and University of Denver (11/5/1998)
George Steffey, Lyme, N.H.; Stratton Mountain School (8/8/1997)
Luke Winters, Gresham, Ore.; Sugar Bowl Academy (4/2/1997)
Release courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard