Skier is again an Olympian

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff

Twelve-year-old Kathryn Bowen has qualified for the 2007 Rocky Mount Division of the Junior Olympics – for the second time.

“There’s only been about three or four that have done that in the last 10 years,” said Bowen, who is a student at Tucumcari Middle School.

On Sunday, Bowen will be heading to Colorado for the competition in the 2007 Rocky Mountain Division of the J4 (ages 11-13) Junior Olympics at the Prater Cup in Crested Butte, Colo.

Bowen’s practically become a local in Red River, where she goes to ski nearly every winter weekend. She skies with the Red River Ski Team, which has 20 members.
Her parents, Keith and Sandy don’t mind making the trip, said Sandy Bowen.
Kathryn said she’s excited about the upcoming competition. The Red River team racer said that before each run, she imagines what it’s like to do the run.
“That helps me to concentrate real hard,” she said.

The events she enjoys most are the slalom and the giant slalom.

Among the competition in Colorado will be the top racers from across 18 states in the Central and Southern Rockies and the Midwest.

Bowen often misses school to practice and compete, such as this upcoming week. But the four-day school week at Tucumcari helps her keep up with her studies, Kathryn said.

Living on the high plains doesn’t always provide snow time, but Sandy Bowen said bike riding helps to strengthen the knees and legs for skiing.