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Steamboat ski racer named to U.S. Team

Alpine athlete Anna Marno makes national squad

— Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine ski racer Anna Marno has been named to the U.S. Ski Team.

Deb Armstrong, the Winter Sports Club’s competitive Alpine program director, said she learned late Tuesday afternoon that Marno has been named to the U.S. Ski Team’s development squad. Marno, 16, attends The Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs.

The news means that Marno will be eligible for U.S. Ski Team camps in South America and Europe this summer. She also becomes the first skier to be named to the team since Drew Roberts in 2005. Roberts actually started training with the team in 2004 but didn’t become an official member until the 2005 season. He now skis for the University of Colorado.

“It’s significant,” Armstrong said. “Anna is rising to a whole new level and a whole new environment.”

Armstrong said the Steamboat skier most likely will continue to focus on the NorAm race series and possibly some FIS races in Europe. The NorAm series includes races in the United States and Canada and is ranked just below the World Cup in terms of prestige. The European FIS races are similar to the North American events.

Last season, Marno won the downhill at the J-2 National Championships. She is ranked 10th in the downhill internationally and 11th in the super-G.

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“Anna has been working really hard for this,” Armstrong said. “This is great news for Anna, and this is great news for Steamboat.”

-To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com