Steamboat Springs Max Marno waited for the call the entire day, and by the time the phone finally rang, his nerves were racing.
“I was pretty excited,” Marno said. “I knew the call was coming, so I was pretty nervous when I picked up the phone.”
His coach, Peter Anderson, was on the other end of the phone, and luckily for Marno, it was all good news. Anderson told Marno he had earned a position on U.S. Ski Team’s development team — something the young skier has been shooting for since he started skiing.
“Making the U.S. Ski Team was a huge goal for me,” the 19-year-old skier said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s something that, as a skier, you are always working towards.”
Anderson said strong results at the end of the season, and a good showing at a selection camp that wrapped up this month at Mammoth Mountain in California, helped Marno earn a nod from the U.S. Ski Team.
Marno said his big break came this spring, when he moved up from a 66th starting position in the NorAm finals to 12th overall. It was his best finish of the year and highlighted a strong finish for the Steamboat Springs racer.
“That was a huge,” Marno said. “Things just started to click for me toward the end of the season.”
Marno followed the strong end-of-season finishes with a solid showing at a U.S. Ski Team selection camp, which took place at the Center for Excellence in Park City, Utah, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort in California. The skiers who were invited to the camp went through a number of physical tests and got an opportunity to show what they could do in the race gates.
“I went into the camp with a lot of confidence,” Marno said. “I think it was about 10 percent of the coaches’ decision, but it was pretty important.”
Anderson said the U.S. Ski Team nomination should provide Marno with the opportunity to continue moving up the U.S. Ski Team ladder.
Marno said he plans to ski at least once a month this summer to keep up the momentum he gained at the end of last season. He also plans to spend plenty of time on dryland training.
He said he thinks he can continue to move up the U.S. Ski Team’s ladder if he keeps working on the technical stuff he picked up last year and gets stronger.
Last year, Marno’s younger sister, Anna, was named to the development team. She is still a member of the U.S. Ski Team.
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