Rocky Mountain Prequalifies Five Skiers For Junior National Championships

Prequalifying five skiers for the Junior National Championship is best results by Rocky Mountain at the Senior Nationals in many years if not forever.  That means RMN will have a team of 47 skiers and 15 coaches at the Junior National Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah March 5 – 10, 2012. 

Emily Hannah, and Mary O’Connell are both from SSWSC and are J1 skiers.  Through their outstanding performances at the Senior Nationals Jan 2 – 8, 2012 in Rumford, Maine, they have qualified for the World Junior Championships scheduled for Erzurum, Turkey February 10 – 27, 2012.  Qualifications for the WJC were based on a skier’s top two performances out of the first three races at the Senior Nationals using World Cup scoring.  They had to finish in the top six among all female OJ and J1 skiers competing.  They also prequalified for the Junior National Championships. 

Eric Pepper from Vail will be one of the coaches for the United States on the WJC trip. 

Mike Vigers  from Ski and Snowboard Club Vail also qualified for the WJC as a result of a race in West Yellowstone over Thanksgiving.  By qualifying for the WJC he also has prequalified for the Junior National Championships. 

Max Scrimgeour with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club qualified for the Scando Championships scheduled for Mammaste, Estonia February 14 – 17, 2012.  The Scando Championships is made up of skiers age 14 -17 from United States, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia.  The qualifying standard is the same as the US World Junior Championship Team.  Skiers are selected from their best two results out of the first three races at the Senior Nationals using World Cup Scoring.  There will be six males and six females on this team from the US.  

Adam St.Pierre from Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team will be one of the coaches on this trip. 

Tucker McCrerey with the Summit Nordic Ski Club has prequalified for the Junior Nationals by finishing in the top 20 of all the junior class (OJ & J1) at the Senior National Championships.  The prequalification for the JNs is the same standard as explained for the WJC and the Scando Championships.