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Patrick McElravey

Age: 17
Hometown Tahoe City
School: North Tahoe High School
Team:
Age first skied: 1.75
Favorite Book: Power of One
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Andrew Newell
Favorite Off Snow Sport: running
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Steve Prefontaine
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
The giant snowball fight in Presque Isle or da FUNK we bust on long car rides
Best Racing Experience:
The final hill on the sprint course during my first JNs which were held in Truckee; this was my only nationals with my brother and he cheered so loud on that hill into the stadium.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
teleportation
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
sit cross-legged

Joe Piercy

Age: 17
Hometown Martinez, CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Sugar Bowl Academy Nordic Ski Team
Age first skied: 12
Favorite Book: Game of Thrones
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Petter Northug
Favorite Off Snow Sport: cycling
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Jens Voigt
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
The drive from Boston to Presque Isle. ABC’s and Problem Corner.
Best Racing Experience:
SilverBelt race at SugarBowl
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Teleportation
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
keep their hands steady

Joanne Reid

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Age: 19
Hometown Berkeley, CA
School: University of Colorado, University of California Berkeley
Team: Colorado Buffaloes
Age first skied: 1.5
Favorite Book: Computer Science Illuminated, Cocoa Programming (Steinberg), Calvin and Hobbes
Favorite Nordic Athlete: DIGGS! (Jessie Diggins), Dario Cologna, Eliska Hajkova
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Underwater Ultimate Frisbee/ Skim boarding
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Dana Kirk, Adele Espy
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Bringing JOs to our home turf again in 2009 and slaying it with Bernie and Annika in the relay. Also, I’m pretty sure I am still the proud owner of several trees from that…..
Watching Matt Gelso sweep the races in Michigan and then getting to see him take the individual crown in NCAAs a few years later.
Best Racing Experience:
NCAAs 2011 in Stowe, Vermont with my Buffs when my best friend (Eliska Hajkova) won the individual title and we won the team title. Also racing the world junior relay in Estonia with Kinsey, Amy, and Digger.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
The power to heal any injury, any hurt. You aren’t changing the world if nobody can see you, you invisibility lovers.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Give up on a person, put down a book, slow down in a skate workout, get off my dang phone and go to sleep, say “the Internet is broken!!!”, make a plan, choose a university (I’m a junior in college), stop taking summer school, downhill ski (haven’t tried), ride a mountain bike (what’s with those handlebars), tolerate idiots, wear a one piece race suit, stop dancing, stop singing, run without ending up in the middle of… where are we?, turn in an unfinished homework, keep up with my mother, stop being so crazy, have less than fifty applications open on my computer, forgive my ex (really, it’s HIS fault!), be serious in warm up and stop dancing, stop being fascinated that it snows AT MY APARTMENT, let go, ignore a suicide threat, resist an adventure, stop loving freely, accept that I can’t save the world, have a “normal” day, live without Adele Espy, Eliska Hajkova, Jessie Schroeder.
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Bria Riggs

Fav-SkiAge: 15
Hometown Truckee, CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Far West
Age first skied: 3
Favorite Book: The Secret Life of Bees
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Kikkan Randall
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Cycling
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Andy Schleck
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Junior National 2011 in Minneapolis, MN: Racing, Mall of America, the Giant Target, and Everything Inbetween
Best Racing Experience:
Soldier Hollow Super JNQ 2012 Classic Sprint
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
The Super Power to Change Super Powers
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Braid Hair

Gabrielle Rinne

Age: 14

Hometown Truckee, CA

School: Truckee High School

Team: Far West Nordic

Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jessie Diggins

Favorite Off Snow Sport: Running

Favorite Athlete in that sport: Jenny Simpson

 

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Joelle Romo

Age: 18
Hometown Mammoth Lakes
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Sugar Bowl Academy
Age first skied: 3
Favorite Book: The Help
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Kikkan Randall
Favorite Off Snow Sport: running
Favorite Athlete in that sport:
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
The epic snowball fight against Team Alaska at the Presque Isle JO’s.
Best Racing Experience:
Racing in West Yellowstone after the week of on snow training in November is awesome.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Telepathy
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Rolling your tongue.

Annika Taylor

Age: 18

Hometown Truckee

School: University of New Hampshire

Team: UNH ski team

Age first skied: 2

Favorite Nordic Athlete: Kikkan Randall of course!

Most Memorable Far West Experience:
All of the past 5 Junior Olympics!

Best Racing Experience:
Collegiate circuit this year and US Nationals this year

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Hands down, flying


Evan Vomund

Evan-Skiing-gifAge: 15
Hometown Incline Village
School: Incline High School
Team: Far West!!!
Age first skied: 2
Favorite Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Andy Newell
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Biking
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Chris Horner
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Road Biking in Sierraville with the comp team, and the collage atheletes that were training with us.
Best Racing Experience:
This years Soldier Holow Super JNQ was my first real trip with Far West. It was a huge step up from the local weekend races I end up doing, and even though I never realy saw them as soon as the gun went off, It was awesome to ski in the same race as some of the top guys on the west coast.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Ability to fly!
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Nothing!!! :)
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Eli Yale

Eli YaleAge: 14

Hometown Truckee

School: Truckee High School

Team: Auburn Ski Club

Age first skied: 3

Favorite Book: Many

Favorite Nordic Athlete: Andy Newell

Favorite Off Snow Sport: Baseball

Favorite Athlete in that sport: Pablo Sandoval

Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Racing in the super JNQ at Soldier Hollow

Best Racing Experience:
Crossing the finish line first for the open division at the 2012 CNISSF State Championships

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Shape shifting

What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Still Searching… :)

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