Sugar Bowl Academy Nordic Skier Hannah Halvorsen Finishes 11th at World Junior Championships
Norden, CA (February 1, 2017) - Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA), The World Junior Championships taking place in Soldier Hollow, UT are a chance for the United States to shine on the world circuit in Nordic skiing. This event is Hannah’s first opportunity to compete at the World Junior level after competing in the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway. Martin Benes, Director of Nordic Programs at Sugar Bowl Academy said, “She spent considerable time over the summer and fall working on her classic sprinting, it was good to see that focused effort pay off. She has improved technically and fitness-wise where she can be competitive with the best junior women in the World.”
Fasterskier, quoting Hannah after the race, “I felt confident that I skied tactically well in the quarter and that if I did the same and still felt strong I could move on from the semi. Unfortunately the pace was just too fast for me. I am really happy with my first world junior race. I have been looking forward to this race for a long time and I dreamed of a podium today, however I skied my best and was not fast enough.” Hannah placed sixth in the semifinals and eleventh overall. The hard work and dedication through intense workouts is paying off for Hannah at Sugar Bowl Academy. Martin said, “It is affirming that the preparation that we do here at SBA is competitive on an International level. Hannah is continuing to ski well and impress us with her dedication.
The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized Alpine and Nordic ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, National champions across all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes. Sugar Bowl Academy located in Norden, CA is the country’s only ski in/ski out ski academy. Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated students, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy student-athletes thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.