Park City’s Hensien named to 2017-2018 U.S. Ski Team
Three skiers with Rowmark ties qualify for nationals teams
Rowland Hall’s Rowmark Ski Academy is excited to announce three current and alumnae skiers have made the 2017-18 U.S. Alpine Ski Team. Katie Hensien, current Rowmark member and junior at Rowland Hall, is the youngest member of the national team to reach the ‘C’ Team level designation. Rowmark alumnae Breezy Johnson (Class of 2013) and Alice McKennis (Class of 2007) are on the ‘A’ Team, the highest level of the national team.
This year’s team is headed for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
“All three of these fiery competitors represent what it means to be a Rowmarker – grit, determination and sportsmanship,” Rowmark Program Director Todd Brickson said. “And to complete the full package, they are also amazing people.”
Hensien makes her debut on the U.S. Ski Team as the youngest American to qualify for the ‘C’ Team this year. She had a spectacular season with her first NorAm top-10 finish, as well as four FIS victories this season in slalom and giant slalom. She was also the 2015 U16 National slalom Champion. Hensien will be returning to Rowmark and Rowland Hall for her senior year when she is not traveling with the national team.
Johnson returns for her fourth year on the national team and now has been promoted to the ‘A’ Team. She is also a U.S. National Champion, NorAm and Europa Cup winner and already has six top 20 World Cup finishes, including a 10th-place finish in Cortina, Italy, in January. Johnson injured her knee in a crash at the Aspen World Cup in March, but her rehab is going very well and she is looking forward to returning to snow in the fall.
McKennis, now an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, World Cup Winner, Olympian and U.S. National Champion, is one of the gutsiest athletes on the national team as evidenced by her impressive comebacks to the world stage after two devastating leg injuries.
McKennis and Johnson will be vying for World Cup podiums and Olympic berths next winter, while Hensien will be competing for NorAm titles and cutting her teeth on the Europa Cup circuit.
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