Amanda Kirkeby

Amanda KirkebyAge: 16
Hometown Mammoth Lakes, Ca
School: Mammoth High School
Team: Mammoth Mountain Nordic Competition Team, Mammoth High School Team, Far West
Age first skied: 6
Favorite Book: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Marit Bjoergen
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Volleyball
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Bruno Rezende
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
My most memorable Far West Experience is when we traveled to Fairbanks Alaska for Junior Nationals last year. It was a lot of fun because we got to see dogsled racing and the Northern Lights. The racing was great as well.
Best Racing Experience:
My best racing experience was at the last Super JNQ in Soldier Hollow, in the 10k skate. Even though it was raining and the snow was slushy, this was the most fun race I have ever had for two reasons: the course was fun and I felt fantastic for the whole race. And the skis were fast… and I got ninth for U18s and U20s….It was just a great race.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would want the ability to turn into any animal I wanted. Then I could fly, breathe underwater, and be invisible, with only one superpower.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
I cannot swear.

Sam Zabell

Sam ZabellAge: 16
Hometown Truckee, CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Sugar Bowl Academy
Age first skied: 1.5
Favorite Book: Anthem
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Darya Domracheva
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Cycling
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Andy Schelck
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
My most memorable Far West experience was after the skate sprint at the 2013 Super JNQ in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Far West had just taken podiums in all four age divisions, with three first place finishes. Afterward, I was able to go around and nearly everywhere I went, from the announcer to groups of parents, everyone was talking about us and how strong our team was this year. l was especially motivated by this.
Best Racing Experience:
My best racing experience was at the skate sprint at the 2013 Soldier Hollow Super JNQ. I had had a very good preliminary and quarterfinal. In my semifinal, I was coming down the big hill in good drafting position and ready to take the lead. However, I was taken out by another competitor and finished last in my heat. In the B final that followed, I managed to break my pole in the first 100 meters. I did get a new pole quickly and hammered the entire course. By the end, I had fought my way back to second place. Though my race was marked with misfortune, I see it in a positive light because of how I managed to stay positive and focused throughout.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would choose the power to communicate telepathically. This would prove useful for many situations in which an immediate con-bro-sation is necessary.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Something I cannot do is to back down once an argument has been initiated or even hinted at. Even if I am arguing for something I know is incorrect, I will fight for it for an inordinate amount of time.
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Skyler Mullings

Skyler MullingsAge: 15
Hometown Truckee
School: SBA
Team: Sugar Bowl Academy Nordic
Age first skied: 1
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Charlotte Kalla
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Biking, Triathlons
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Spending the last day of JN’s last year in Alaska with the team.
Best Racing Experience:
All races!
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Control the weather.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Get out of bed in the morning.
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Carson Bold

Carson BoldAge: 17
Hometown Mammoth Lakes
School: Mammoth High School
Team: Mammoth Comp. Team
Age first skied: 8
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Kikkan Randall
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Soccer
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Cristiano Ronaldo
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
My first time at Soldier Hollow.
Best Racing Experience:
My first qualifying time for JN’s at the Allan Bard Classic race.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would be able to fly.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
I have trouble speling. Thank goodness for auto correct.
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Julien Bordes

bordesAge: 16
Hometown Tahoe City
School: North Tahoe High Schol
Team: Team Unleashed
Age first skied: 0.0000001
Favorite Book: I spy
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Petter Northug
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Running
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Kilian Jornet
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Far West/PNSA Camp
Best Racing Experience:
2013 Junior Nationals
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
To Fly!!!
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Be smart
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Brandon Herhusky

herhuskyAge: 15
Hometown Brockway
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Sugar Bowl Academy
Age first skied: 3
Favorite Book: Toodles
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Emil Johnsen
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Prancersize
Favorite Athlete in that sport: The lady in the pink sweatsuit.
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Getting to see some sick Northern Lights in Fairbanks!
Best Racing Experience:
Getting in the start gate of my first race at JNs two years ago in SoHo, and just realizing it all begins here.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Elastigirl…. Duh.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Get in and out of the backseat of cars.
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Bri Parker

Bri ParkerAge: 14
Hometown Seattle, WA
School: Truckee High School
Team: ASC Comp.
Age first skied: 2
Favorite Book: Inkspell
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jessie Diggins
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Gymnastics
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Shawn Johnson
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Curious George climbing to the top of North Peak this summer.
Best Racing Experience:
Last year’s Skogsloppet
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Flying
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
I can’t spread my toes!

Eleanore Hamilton

Eleanore HamiltonAge: 14
Hometown Truckee
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: SBA
Age first skied: 6
Favorite Book: The Book Thief
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Jessie Diggins
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Triathlon
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Sarah Clement
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
The West Yellowstone trip in November was the most memorable Far West experience. I had the time of my life there with some of my best friends and skiing on incredible snow in such a beautiful place.
Best Racing Experience:
My best racing experience would probably be the Classic JNQ in mammoth this winter. I felt stronger than I ever had before and was really happy with my result.
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would definitely want to be able to fly.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
This sounds strange, but it’s true. Most people I know play soccer really a well but I cannot play to save my life.
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Kyla Burrill

Kyla BurrillAge: 15
Hometown Truckee
School: Truckee High
Team: Aburn Ski Club Comp
Age first skied: 1
Favorite Book: The Book Thief
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Charlotte Kalla, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins
Favorite Off Snow Sport: swimming
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Missy Franklin
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Seeing the northern lights last year at JN’s in Alaska was amazing, but all the trips are fun with great people.
Best Racing Experience:
My first year at JN’s last year, I had an awesome 5km skate, placing much better than I had expected. Racing in the Super Tour last year was also fun because olympic nordic skiers such as Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Liz Stephens raced too!!
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
the ability to fly
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
aim a frisbee
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Connor Kusumoto

Connor Kusumoto

Connor Kusumoto

Age: 15
Hometown Mammoth Lakes
School: Mammoth high school
Team: Mammoth Nordic
Age first skied: 8
Favorite Book: Shogun
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Kikkan Randall
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Baseball
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Ichiro Suzuki
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
The ability to control the elements