Junior Olympics coming to Steamboat

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— The Junior Olympics will be the biggest thing going in Steamboat Springs this week, especially if you happen to be an 11- or 12-year-old skier.

This is the third year the USSA Chevy Truck Rocky/Central JIV Junior Olympic Festival has come to Steamboat Springs.

Seventeen local athletes will be among the field of 168 skiers, who will compete in super-G, giant slalom and slalom races this week.

"We will have 10 percent of the field," said Kari Nelson, one of the event's organizers. "That's a pretty big deal for our team."

The events will kick off on Wednesday with super-G training during the day and opening ceremonies that night at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the skiers will hit the super-G course for the first official race of the week. The men and women will both take to the course, which will be set on the Steamboat Ski Area's Sitz/Seeme ski run. The race will start at 9 a.m. That afternoon skiers will take part in a speed trap on the 90-meter ski jump at 4 p.m. In that event, skiers will go full-speed down the outrun to see how fast they can go.

The giant slalom will take place on Friday starting at 8:45 a.m. The first run will take place in the morning and the second will take place in the afternoon.

The final race of the week, the slalom will take place at Howelsen Hill on Saturday. The first runs also will begin at 8:45 a.m.

This year's field will include some of Steamboat's top young racers.

Jace Wirth, Taylor Coe, Nelson Kane, Ryan McConnell, Josh Fix, Hig Roberts, Ryan Coe, Adam Parke, Michael Lyon, Mac Marsh and Andrew White will compete in the boy's races.

Ashley Stamp, Macy Margolin, Amanda DeVos, Cassidy Roberts, Erika Walters and Vikki Brown will compete in the girl's races.

The festival will feature skiers from both the Rocky Mountain and Central divisions.

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