FREESTYLER - 18-year-old Keaton McCargo competes this weekend at the U.S. Selection Event in Winter Park. (Courtesy photo)
FREESTYLER - 18-year-old Keaton McCargo
competes this weekend at the U.S. Selection Event in Winter Park. (Courtesy photo)
TELLURIDE - Just over six weeks remain until the Olympic torch arrives in Sochi, Russia, heralding the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics and carrying with it the aspirations of thousands of athletes from around the world.
The countdown to this winter's Olympic Games is especially meaningful for four Telluride athletes, who are in striking distance of securing coveted invitations to compete at the pinnacle of the world's winter sports competition.
Mogulists Joe Discoe and Keaton McCargo
, snowboarder Hagen Kearney, and freeskier Gus Kenworthy have all earned spots on the U.S. Ski or Snowboard
Team this year, thus embarking upon a fast-paced few weeks of high-level competitions that could pave the way to Olympic Team berths.
As a member of the U.S. Ski Team's Freestyle Moguls C Team, McCargo says her sights are set on earning a starting spot at upcoming World Cup events.
She'll have that chance this weekend, as she
competes at the U.S. Selection Event in Winter Park.
The event is used to qualify skiers to start in NorAm competitions and U.S. World Cups.
feeling confident, despite the added stress of being continually reminded that this winter marks an Olympic year.
"I want to think I'm trying hard and doing my best at tackling this season like any other season," she
"Telluride is one of the best mountains in the United States, with some of the best coaches in the world and the most motivated kids," McCargo