KILLINGTON—Killington Mountain School Freestyle athlete Hannah Soar has been selected to represent the United States at the Junior World Championships in Åre, Sweden, to be held on April 9-10, 2016. Soar, a high school junior from Somers, Conn., was selected to the four-woman team based on her performance at this year’s NorAm Tour earlier this month.
Coach Kris Pepe, KMS Freestyle program director said, “It is a great honor for Hannah to be named as one of the four top U20 athletes in the country.”
“Junior Worlds was something that I have always dreamed of getting an invite to,” Soar commented. “I owe so much to Coach Kris Pepe for helping me both mentally and physically prepare this fall in order to help me get ready for our winter competitions. I came into the season strong and determined to make sure that every competition run was as good as possible, and I resolved not to hold anything back. Thanks to my coaches, teachers, and teammates I was able to have one of my most successful seasons yet, and plan to finish strong at Junior World’s.”
“Hannah has worked externally hard thoughout this year,” Pepe added. “It is always awesome to see an athlete’s hard work pay off. Junior World’s is a very prestigious event; Hannah will ski against all the top U20 skiers in the world. It’s pretty cool for a 16-year-old to qualify for this kind of event. Her qualification has created a buzz throughout the whole team. It is a result that we can all take pride in.”
Soar and the rest of the KMS Freestyle team, coming off a strong performance at last weekend’s NorAm Finals held at their home mountain of Killington on March 5-6, is now in Sun Valley, Idaho for Junior Nationals, after which they will head to Steamboat Springs, Colo., for U.S. Championships.