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Andrew Miller wins GS in Italy

Andrew Miller of the Park City Ski Team makes his way around a giant-slalom gate during a Western Tech Series race at Park City Mountain Resort on Jan. 7.

For Andrew Miller of the Park City Ski Team, 2016 is off to a great start. After turning in strong results at the Western Tech Series races in Park City earlier this month, Miller competed in a national junior race in Pozza di Fassa, Italy, on Jan. 17.

In a race full of Italy’s top junior racers and other top racers from across Europe, Miller stood out, skiing the fastest giant-slalom run of the day and ending up on top of the podium in a tie for first with Italian Matteo Modesti.

To put Miller’s result in perspective, he was followed by nine Italians. The next non-European finisher was USA’s Jordan Cashman. Miller’s PCST teammates, Gray Larsen and Calvin Wilson, finished 15th and 16th, respectively. David Domonoske, another PCST skier, did not finish his first run.

PCST Director Jesse Hunt said he’s proud of Miller’s victory in Europe.

"That was cool," he said. "Winning a race in Europe is one of the coolest things ever. That was an FIS race — a national junior race. The top juniors from Italy were all there and Andrew beat the field."

The four PCST skiers are in Europe to gain international experience, Hunt said. Another group of PCST skiers — U16 athletes Bridey Bush, Shaye Henderson, Valerie Festavan and Shane Cumming — are also in Europe.

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"It’s a Western Region project for both the FIS level and the U16 level," Hunt said. "To get them over to Europe and experience that ski racing culture is really special and something they’ll keep with them the rest of their lives. The whole culture and environment over there is so alpine racing-centric. It’s cool for them to see how relevant and important it is to their European peers."

U12 squad dominates at Brighton

While the older PCST skiers were off training in Europe, the U12 boys’ and girls’ teams had a great weekend at Brighton.

In the second boys’ GS race on Jan. 10, PCST skiers turned in an outstanding finish, claiming the top eight spots and placing nine athletes in the top 10.

Dillon Bush won the race and was joined on the podium by Jonathan Brain (second) and Cole Potter (third). Stefan Brennwald (fourth), Bjorn Karlen (fifth), Harrison Prickett (sixth), Cameron Iacobelli (seventh), Espen Hunt (eighth) and Coale Stangeland (10th) also skied well at Brighton.

Bush won the day before as well, and Brain joined his teammate on the podium with a third-place finish.

The PCST U12 girls also had a strong weekend. On Jan. 10, Wynter Probert finished second and was joined in the top 10 by Caeli Sherman (fourth), Lindsey Aten (fifth), Ava Kelly (sixth), Fiona Sawyer (seventh), Madison Kaiserman (eighth) and Emerson Glusker (10th).

On Jan. 9, Probert finished third, Sherman fourth, Maclaren Tyrrell sixth, Jessi Swearingen seventh and Sawyer 10th.

"It’s just cool that the whole team is skiing well right now," Hunt said. "That’s always really fun. There’s a great team environment right now and the kids are enjoying it."

For more information on the Park City Ski Team, visit http://www.parkcityskiteam.org .