Local skiers heading to Junior Olympics

These racers competed in a series of rigorous races to earn their position in this team. A total of six qualifying races were held throughout the winter and racers were given points depending on how well they finished. They will be part of the Mid Atlantic Ski Team which includes the top skiers from New York State and will compete against skiers from nine other divisions across the United States. Teams will be made up from New England, Team Alaska, Upper Midwest, Great Lakes Region, Pacific Northwest, Far West, Rocky Mountain, Intermountain, and High Plains. They will compete as either a J2 - 14 & 15 year olds, J1 - 16 & 17 year olds, or OJ (Older Juniors) 18 & 19 year olds. There will be a total of three races and a relay during the six days of competition. Competing for Johnsburg will be the following athletes: Tyler Morse - This is Tyler's first experience competing in this event. He will compete as a J2. Trough his qualifying races he established himself as one of the top J2 skiers in New York State. All of Tyler's races will be just 5K. Peter Morehouse and Steve Veldman - This will be Peter's third trip to the Junior Olympics and Steve Veldman's second trip. They are both first year J1's and were two of the top skiers in Section II Competition this season. Holly Osowiecki and Emily Burns - This is the first experience at the JO's for these girls. Both are first year J2 skiers and are part of a strong contingent of J2 skiers from JCS. Each of their races will be just 5K. Cassidy Jay - This will be Cassidy's third year at the Junior Olympics having competed in Lake Tahoe, Cali., two seasons ago and Houghton, Mich., last season. Cassidy will compete as a second year J1 and historically has had some of her best races at the Junior Olympics. All of this years races will be held at Soldier Hollow, Utah, sight of the 2002 Winter Olympic games.

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