U.S. Ski Team Stars Ready to Take on Junior World Championships in Valmalenco, Italy

Young skiers from Winter Park travel to Italy for junior world championships

Olivia Maurais and Asher Michel, two talented skiers from the Winter Park Competition Center, are set to compete at the Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships in Valmalenco, Italy from April 3-6. They will be representing the Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team and U.S. Ski & Snowboard alongside 12 other top athletes at the championships which will be held at Chiesa Resort.

Michel, who has had a successful season, is excited to return to the championships for his second time around. In 2023, he won gold in team dual moguls race with teammate Alli Macuga and finished third in moguls at the competition. He also earned gold in dual moguls at the NorAm Cup at Stratton Mountain Resort.

On the other hand, Olivia Maurais has been busy competing on various NorAm and World Cups this season. She placed ninth in moguls at the U.S. Freestyle National Championships and fifth in moguls at NorAm Cup at Deer Valley Resort. Maurais also secured a third-place finish in her home turf of Winter Park Resort during an Iron Cross jump performance.

Both Michel and Maurais have been training hard for this event, with Michel seen training for mogul racing during Intermountain Health Freestyle World Cup moguls training sessions at Deer Valley Resort, while Maurais competed in dual mogul races during United Airlines Waterville Freestyle Cup competitions held at Waterville Valley Resort respectively. Their participation marks another milestone in their skiing careers as they continue to push themselves to new heights on the international stage of competition.

In conclusion, Michel and Maurais are two talented skiers who have worked hard to represent their country on an international stage of competition like Junior World Ski Championships held in Valmalenco, Italy from April 3-6 . Their successes so far this season and previous experience will surely help them achieve greatness as they strive for their next milestones on their skiing journey ahead of them

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