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Winter Park Resort hosts Junior Olympics

Winter Park Resort will host the 2008 United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Rocky and Central J4 Junior Olympics today through Saturday.

Presented by X-Box 360, the event features the highest level of junior racing in the U.S. for the J4 age class (ages 11-13) and will be the first time most of these skiers will be competing at such an esteemed level. All United States Olympic team members got their start by competing in this Junior Olympic series.

Featuring 160 of the fastest racers ages 11-13 from 18 states, including the central and southern Rockies and the Midwest, this event is what junior racing is all about. The top three finishers will advance to their first chance at international racing at the Whistler Cup International Children’s Championships at Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, on April 4-6.

Events include opening ceremonies on March 19 at the base of Lower Hughes starting at 4:15 p.m.; Super G on Hughes March 20; giant slalom on Meadows/Norwegian March 21; and slalom on Lower Hughes March 22.

The Super G is a very challenging course and is set with the maximum vertical drop from start to finish allowed for this age. The top racers will reach speeds in excess of 50 mph on the course, which should run about one minute long and is three quarters of a mile in length.

The giant slalom (GS) course is one of the most challenging in the country and was skied by World Cup team racers back in November during Winter Park’s NorAm events. The racers will compete in two separate one-run races.

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The slalom course on Lower Hughes features quick tempo turns on a tricky sidehill. Racers must negotiate around 45 turns from start to finish, testing their endurance and agility. The racers will compete in two separate one-run races.

New this season, through a partnership with Winter Park Resort and Adrenaline Garage Productions, the second slalom race for both boys and girls will be covered live on a full-run video feed at http://www.winterparkresort.com. Three cameras will catch all the excitement as they follow each racer from start to finish. View live results as well as many bonus features.

The boy’s race is scheduled for March 22 starting at 12:15 p.m. and the girl’s race will start at 2 p.m.

For additional information about the J4 Junior Olympics visit the Winter Park Competition Center Web site at http://www.skiwinterpark.com/competition/j4jos.htm or call 970-726-1590.

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