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Three Athletes from the Mount Snow Training Center Selected to Compete in Prestigious Eastern Regional Series Event

01/20/2012 – West Dover

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Contact: David Meeker, Communications Manager
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Three Athletes from the Mount Snow Training Center Selected to Compete in Prestigious Eastern Regional Series Event

West Dover, VT (January 20, 2012) – The Vermont Alpine Racing Association has announced that three athletes from the Mount Snow Training Center have been invited to compete in this weekend’s United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) J3 Eastern Regional Series (ERS) event at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY. This prestigious event only invites the top 110 J3 alpine racers (55 male/55 female, ages 13 and 14) from the Eastern United States to compete in the disciplines of slalom and giant slalom with many athletes in the selective field expected to qualify for national events like the Junior Championships, Can-Ams and the National ID Project.

The three athletes; Sanderson Kemp, Jessie Kuzmicki and Sam Cusick, have all had success in their young alpine racing careers thanks to coming up through the program provided by the Mount Snow Training Center. Not only are they talented athletes, but all three are also strong academically having made the honor roll at their respective schools.

Sanderson Kemp, age 14, leads the Mount Snow J3 women’s team this year so far posting strong top 5 finishes in both slalom and giant slalom. A native of East Dover, VT; Sanderson is attending Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, VT and is a freshman standout on their varsity alpine team in the Vermont Principals Association (VPA). She qualified for the Vermont State Championships in 2010 and 2011. This weekend’s ERS will be Sanderson’s debut into USSA Regional Level Events.

Jessie Kuzmicki, age 14 from Pownal, VT is a freshman at Mt. Anthony Union High School in nearby Bennington. She has been a member of the Mount Snow Training Center Alpine Race Team since 2008 and also is racing as an independent in the VPA High School league this year. In 2010 as a J4 (ages 11-12), Kuzmicki was Southern Vermont’s Super Combined Champion, qualified for the USSA J4 Jr. Olympics and ultimately went on to the USSA J4 Cam-Ams where she finished in the top 30 combined slalom and giant slalom. In 2011 she was selected and attended the USSA J3 Elite Fundamentals Training Camp.

Sam Cusick, age 14, is the only male team member from Mount Snow to qualify for ERS. He lives in Fairfield, CT and attends Tomlinson Public Middle School as an 8th grader. Sam has qualified for the Vermont State Championships the last 3 straight years and finished in the top 25 last year in the J3 States. Like his teammate Sanderson, this will be Sam’s first appearance in a USSA Regional venue.

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