Greene ends PCST career on high note
Katy Greene saved her best for last this season.
Skiing for the Park City Ski Team, the 17-year-old was on fire at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, winning two slalom races at the Last Chance alpine event at Snowbird on April 6-7 and taking first and second in two giant slalom races at an event at Sugar Bowl Resort in California.
"It was a fun year," Greene said. "It had its ups and downs, but it was cool to end on such a positive note."
Greene also finished fourth in the GS at the U18 national championships at Mammoth Mountain this season.
The improvements Greene has made while skiing for the Park City Ski Team have not gone unnoticed. She’ll graduate out of the program soon, but the next step of her career is already set.
Starting this fall, she’ll attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., to join the Panthers’ ski team.
Middlebury, a Division I ski program, competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Greene said she chose the school because she felt comfortable with it.
"Both the school and the ski team seem like a good fit for me," she said.
Though Greene is excited to begin the next chapter of her life, she won’t forget her roots in Park City.
"I’m really grateful to have grown up on the Park City Ski Team phenomenal coaches, great teammates," she said. "(College) will be different, for sure, but I’m excited for something new."
Greene, who recently graduated from The Winter School in Park City, said she’ll miss the camaraderie of the PCST.
"I just had fun being away (at ski events) with my teammates," she said.
PCST director Jesse Hunt said he and the other coaches will miss having Greene around.
"Katy’s been a tremendous force on the women’s side for a number of years," he said. "She’s a great teammate and the group of girls have bonded together and created a great team. She’s been a big part of that."
While Hunt is happy Greene is moving on to the next level, he said it will be different without her and her teammates in Park City.
"It’s kind of sad to see them graduating and leaving," he said. "It’s been a great group to work with."
Sophie Frankenburg is among the other girls graduating from the team. She’ll attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., to continue her alpine career.
Greene will be one of three incoming freshmen women at Middlebury, and alpine coach Stever Bartlett is confident she’ll find her place in college.
"I would expect her to come in and be a pretty strong contributing member of the team," he said. "She might need some time to adjust to the Eastern circuit, but she’ll be a great addition to our team."
The Panthers will begin training in November, with collegiate races set to begin in the middle of January.
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