Alpine Skiing: Chaney selected to elite Team Central

Pequot Lakes eighth-grader Calia Chaney skies down the slopes during the Rocky/Central USSA U14 Junior Championships which concluded Sunday, Feb. 23, in Marquette, Mich.

Pequot Lakes eighth-grader Calia Chaney qualified for the Rocky/Central USSA U14 Junior Championships following three days of racing in Marquette, Mich.

The qualifying series of races includes the top USSA racers from four central regions, encompassing 11 states. Athletes are selected by using a World Cup point system combining rankings from the best three of six total races including both slalom and giant slalom, runs.

Chaney, a member of the Brainerd Warriors Alpine ski team and the Four Degrees Alpine ski team out of Powder Ridge, placed seventh overall in a field of more than 80 racers. She was named to the elite “Team Central”, which is an honor given to only 12 U14’s in the Central Region.

Chaney collected 375 points, thanks to two big runs on the giant slalom course. Her best race was her final one where she placed second overall in the giant slalom to collect 175 points.

She will next compete in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Rocky/Central U14 Championships March 9-14 in Steamboat Springs, CO, to compete against the fastest 12 and 13-year-old racers from 18 states in the Rocky/Central region. She will be racing slalom, giant slalom, super G and duals.

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