Far West 2013 Junior Nationals Blog

Casey Jobe

Age: 14
Hometown Lexington, Virginia
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Far West
Age first skied: 11
Favorite Book: Lord of the Rings
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jeff Schloss
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Basketball
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Ty Lawson
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Going to Soldier Hollow for the first time this year was a super cool experience for me and I really got to know all these incredible athletes a lot better. Also, my races in SOHO went a lot better than I had expected.
Best Racing Experience:
My best racing experience (even though I was very angry and annoyed at the time) was definetely the Sugar Bowl school race. At the very start of the race (it was a snowy day) I tried to pass someone on the outiside going down a hill and suddenly found myself face down in the powder. By the time I got up I was some where in 30th place to 40th place. So I got up, fought hard to catch up, almost crashed again, and in the end finished the race in top 10. I was extremely proud of this because I felt like I had really tested my limits like I had never done before and had an end result that I was pretty proud of. I could barely walk after that race.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
To make it winter 12 inches above the ground and anywhere above that, it would be summer and in the 80′s. This way I could still ski but it would still be very warm and yet the snow would be awesome! Of course I could only use this power after it had snowed a good amount otherwise, how would I get it to snow?
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Sleep in, I cannot sleep in past 7:30 if my life depended on it.

Elise Hardy

Elise Hardy

Elise Hardy

Age: 16
Hometown Norwich, VT
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Sugar Bowl Academy
Age first skied: 1.5
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Liz Stephen
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Horse Back Riding
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Steffen Peters
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Best Racing Experience:
The Classic Sprint at a JNQ in Farmington, ME. I had made it to the A-Final and went out WAY to hard, and since it was flat pretty much everyone double poled it. I made it until the last straightaway before the finish and just hit a wall, and got passed by 2 people. It was still a really fun race and I learned a lot from it.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Ability to Fly.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Whistle. Everyone else in my family can, but I can’t.

Bria Riggs

Age: 16
Hometown Truckee, CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Sugar Bowl
Age first skied: 3
Favorite Book: Sherlock Holmes
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jessie Diggins
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Cycling
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Andy Schleck
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Soldier Hollow Super JNQ 2012 and Minneapolis Junior Nationals 2012
Best Racing Experience:
Soldier Hollow Super JNQ 2012: Classic Sprint
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Super Speed!
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
I Can’t Braid Hair
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Peter Park Myung Ho Carroll

Age: 16
Hometown Truckee, CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Far West Nordic, Sugar Bowl Academy Nordic, Team “KnuckleHead”
Age first skied: 13
Favorite Book: Anything that is good!
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jesse Diggins
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Ultimate Frisbee, Running, Road Biking, Rock Climbing
Favorite Athlete in that sport: I don’t know any pro frisbee players….
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
My most memorable Far West experience would have to be breaking my ankle when running the Cascade Trail last summer at DL Bliss camp! I had to be carried roughly a mile by J3 girls. Wasn’t all bad ;)
Best Racing Experience:
My best racing experience would be the Super Junior National Qualifier sprints at Soldier Hollow this year! I placed 6th overall! Nearly killed myself to do it! Best day so far!
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
If I could have one super power, it would be to control time and space.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
I can’t say that I resemble my parents or any of my relatives at all, mostly because I’m Asian and they aren’t.

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Camille Hartley

Age: 17
Hometown Truckee
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Sugar Bowl Academy/ Far West
Age first skied: 6
Favorite Book: The Book Thief
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jeff Schloss
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Ultimate frisbee
Favorite Athlete in that sport:
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Every trip and fundraiser ever! They’re all so amazing!
Best Racing Experience:
Qualifying for the heats in the Soldier Hollow sprints.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would love to be able to fly!
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Snap
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Skyler Mullings

Skyler Mullings

Skyler Mullings

Age: 14
Hometown Truckee, CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: SBA
Age first skied: 2
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jessie Diggins
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Mtn. and Road Biking
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
I have so many great memorable experiences with Far West. So many that i cant make out a best experience. One Experience ill remember for ever is pulling into the June Lake Camping area four years ago. Austin Meng was blasting Jingle Bells (Basshunter Remix) and the laughs and looks we got rolling through the camp site were unforgettable.
Best Racing Experience:
My best racing experience would probably be my last three years out in Soldier Hollow Utah! I just love the enthusiasm that everyone has down there and everyone is so stoked to race!

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Brandon Herhusky

Age: 14
Hometown Brockway, Ca
School: Incline High School
Team: Auburn Ski Club
Age first skied: 3
Favorite Book: If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Dario
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Mountain Biking
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Mark Weir
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Opening cerimonies of my first jns last year, although it was very cold and long. It was just so cool to be there.
Best Racing Experience:
Classic 5k race at jns last year. Total Cali spring weather and having my best race of the whole year just felt so good. Laying in the finish had never felt so good!
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Slow down time
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Spell.

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Patrick McElravey

Age: 18
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

Joelle Romo

Age: 19
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.