SMS skiers make junior world championships
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JASNA, SLOVAKIA– Three Stratton Mountain School alpine skiers have been named to the World Junior Championship Team, set to compete in Jasna, Slovakia, February 26 through March 6. Alumni Nick Krause (SMS ’11), Northborough, MA, and Libby Gibson (SMS ’13), Jamaica, will join SMS junior Alice Merryweather, Hingham, MA. SMS Women’s Alpine Head U21/U18 Coach Micah Lashar will travel to Slovakia to serve as a coach for the World Junior Championship Team as well.

The World Junior Championships are the top level of competition for junior alpine ski racers in the world. Only up to 12 men and women are selected from the entire country to compete for the United States.

Merryweather has spent the season taking her skiing to ever-higher levels. In December, she was the top U18 finisher (sixth overall) at the US National Championships for downhill (DH), where four of the top-five finishers ahead of her were US Ski Team members.

Right after her downhill championship run in December, Merryweather took ninth (fourth junior) in another NorAm downhill race at Copper, and sixth overall in the second NorAm downhill at Copper, which was the second U18 finish and fourth junior.

On February 13, Merryweather finished sixth overall (third junior) in the Mont. Ste. Anne NorAm Cup SG, which clinched her Junior World spot.

Merryweather was named to the 2013-2014 Eastern Region Team by USSA and has participated in National Junior Group projects with USSA in November and December. “She is the only Eastern Region Team member who is still in high school,” said Lashar. “She has the skills and the drive to continue this success.”

This is Krause’s first full season after having ankle surgery that sidelined him for most of last season. Krause was named to the US Ski Team in 2011, and moved up from the Development (D-Team) to the C-Team this year. In November in Loveland, CO, Nick came out of the gate in the first NorAm of the season, finishing 11th in the giant slalom (GS), following that up with back-to-back eighth-place finishes in the super-G (SG) Nor-Am at Copper in December. After traveling to Europe for some competition on the challenging Europa Cup in January, he returned to NorAm competition at Spruce Peak in Stowe on February 4 and finished 12th in GS.

This is Krause’s second time at World Juniors, last year competing in Quebec. He said he is excited to race against the highly competitive Europeans “on their home turf.”

On February 3, Gibson finished first in the Sunday River, ME, NorAm GS, beating out a deep field of seasoned competitors. She spent the season finishing consistently in the top five in University and FIS races in both slalom (SL) and GS. She was a member of the US Ski Team’s Development Team in 2011-2012, and continues to compete and finish at the highest levels of racing in the country. Stratton Mountain School serves students in grades 7 to 12.
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