Mikaela Shiffrin, shown here skiing to 10th the Andorra slalom, leads a talented group of 14 athletes into the 2012 Junior World Championships (Getty Images/AFP - Javier Soriano)
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 16) – Teen rocket Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), who landed her first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium this winter, headlines a strong group of 14 athletes slated to compete at the Junior World Ski Championships March 1-9 in Roccaraso, Italy. Shiffrin, 16, who has been competing at the World Cup level all season, returns for her second Junior Worlds after earning a slalom bronze medal in 2011.
2012 FIS ALPINE JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Men Bryce Bennett, Olympic Valley, CA, 7/14/92 (Squaw Valley Ski Team) Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Starksboro, VT, 3/27/92 (Cochran's/Mount Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club) Robert Cone, Killington, VT, 1/12/92 (Middlebury College Ski Team) Kieffer Christianson, Anchorage, AK, 8/11/92 (Burke Mountain Academy) Tanner Farrow, Ketchum, ID, 3/21/93 (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) Scott Snow, Sagle, ID, 7/8/93 (Independence Racing Team) Matthew Strand, Lakeville, MN, 5/14/93 (Buck Hill Ski Team)
Women Abby Ghent, Edwards, CO, 2/25/92 (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) Anna Marno, Steamboat Springs, CO, 11/23/92 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) Foreste Peterson, Berkeley, CA, 10/9/93 (Squaw Valley Ski Team) Katie Ryan, Aspen, CO, 1/3/93 (Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club) Lauren Samuels, Golden Valley, MN, 10/13/92 (Rowmark Ski Academy) Mikaela Shiffrin, Eagle-Vail, CO, 3/13/95 (Burke Mountain Academy) Jacqueline Wiles, Aurora, OR, 7/13/92 (White Pass Ski Club)
World Cup podium finisher Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is among 14 athletes named to the 2012 Junior World Ski Championships team for alpine
Shiffrin earned a bronze medal for slalom at the 2011 Junior World Championships
NorAm overall leader Abby Ghent (Edwards, CO) returns for her second Junior Worlds
NorAm downhill and super G points leader Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) highlights the men's team
Roccaraso is roughly 125 miles east of Rome, Italy in the Alto Sangro mountains
Medals will be awarded for downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, a traditional combined, team event and the Marc Hodler Trophy for overall team performance
QUOTES Patrick Riml, U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Our junior athletes have produced impressive performances on all levels. I'm excited about the strength of the team we have selected and that I am confident that we'll see a strong performance from the whole squad.
Mikaela [Shiffrin] was a bronze medalist at last year's Junior Worlds slalom and continued that success with a podium on the World Cup this season also in slalom. But I'm most impressed with the work she's put into her giant slalom skiing. She scored her first World Cup giant slalom points just last weekend in Andorra with incredibly challenging conditions.
Ryan [Cochran-Siegle] has been working with our men's Europa Cup Team all season and has shown success at that level with a pair of Europa Cup top-10 finishes. He is also leading the NorAm standings for both downhill and super G to show incredible consistency with his skiing.
SCHEDULE March 1 – Women's giant slalom March 2 – Men's downhill March 3 – Women's slalom March 4 – Men's super G March 5 – Team event March 7 – Men's giant slalom March 8 – Women's downhill March 9 – Men's slalom and Women's super G