Far West 2013 Junior Nationals Blog

Peter T. Holmes

Age: 17
Hometown Tahoe City
School: North Tahoe
Team: North Tahoe
Age first skied: 6
Favorite Book: Flat Stanley
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Marcus Nash
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Various Activities
Favorite Athlete in that sport:
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Soho
Best Racing Experience:
Super JNQ
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
to be flame retardant
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
touch their belly button

Katrin Larusson

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Hometown Truckee
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Sugar Bowl Academy and Farwest Nordic
Age first skied: 5
Favorite Book: “Where the Wild Things Are”
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jessie Diggins
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Soccer
Favorite Athlete in that sport: David Beckham
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
So many memorable experiences… I love the camps and trips with my teammates and coaches.
Best Racing Experience:
I raced in W. Yellowstone for the first time (11/2011), an incredible experience!
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Flying…
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
I cannot whistle :(
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Shane Christian

nordic-classic-sprintAge: 17
Hometown Tahoe Vista, CA
School: North Tahoe High School
Team: Farwest
Age first skied: 4
Favorite Book: Enders Game
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Petter Northig
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Baseball
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Pablo Sandoval
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Going to the Timberwolves game with Mark Nadell and fellow J2s during the 2011 JOs
Best Racing Experience:
Soldier Hollow 2012
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Being able to change into anything you want to.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Stuff 12 raisins into my nose

Evan Vomund

Evan-Skiing-gifAge: 16
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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Raylene Chew

skiAge: 17
Hometown San Jose
School: Presentation High School
Team: Auburn Ski Club
Age first skied: 4
Favorite Book: Harry Potter Series
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Magdalena Neuner
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Speed Skating
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Apolo Ohno
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Playing vile pranks on each other in West Yellowstone 2010
Best Racing Experience:
Soldier Hollow skate sprints 2011 – fast skies and fast competition
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Teleportation because then I would be able to zap anywhere, anytime.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
All of the Far West team is able to ski and train on snow every day (that is, when there is snow in Truckee!) except for me.
Biathlon

Savannah Blide

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Hometown Truckee CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Far West
Age first skied: 3
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Kris Freeman
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Either running or football :)
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Probably Aaron Rodgers .
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Any of the trips really….
Best Racing Experience:
The classic JNQ in December
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would want to fly!
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
I can’t touch my toes.
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Ben Grasseschi

P1100036Age: 20
Hometown Idaho
School: sum
Team: Far West Far Best
Age first skied: 5
Favorite Book: Buford the Little Bighorn by Bill Peet
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Far West Team skiers
Favorite Off Snow Sport: No Snow!!!???
Favorite Athlete in that sport: snow bunny
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Coaching…
Best Racing Experience:
2012 Junior Nationals
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Spidey
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Math

Branden Garrett Deeter

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Age: 18
Hometown Truckee California
School: Truckee High School
Team: Far West
Age first skied: 5
Favorite Book: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Kris Freeman
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Baseball
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Clayton Kershaw
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
This would have to be going to Junior Nationals last year in Minneapolis Minnesota. The intensity of this sport was off the chart and energy that was around me is almost incomparable. This experience was probably the greatest moment in my life of winter sports!
Best Racing Experience:
This year in Mammoth for a junior national qualifier I placed third. As I came around to the final stretch to the finish in the 10km classic race I felt like throwing up but I still couldn’t keep myself from smiling as I crossed the finish.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I’d like to have the superpower of flying because I’ve always wanted to be a pilot
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Well this is an interesting question… I don’t know.
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