Local skiier going for three

Special to the QCS

Kathryn Bowen, a two-year junior olympian, just returned from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The top ski racing athletes from the Junior Olympics were invited to live and train at the center for three days. These athletes are part of the developmental program that leads to the Olympic team.

Only two other girls in the state of New Mexico have attended the Junior Olympics in consecutive years. Most girls she competes against live at a ski area and many ski every day. Kathryn travels, who is 13 years old, 3 1/2 hours every weekend and trains Friday through Sunday. She runs and rides road bikes year-round for conditioning.

She received the sportsmanship award for the top girl athlete at the 2007 Junior Olympics. This is a nominated position by the coaches and is voted on by all of the coaches at the Junior Olympics.

Kathryn’s goal for this year is to attend the Junior Olympics for a third year in a row, which would be a New Mexico first. She will be skiing for the Taos Team and the Red River Team. This is a first, and two coaches will collaborate with her training.

Kathryn’s training will start at the beginning of November at Copper Mountain, Colo. with her two coaches from New Mexico. She will return to Copper Mountain over her Thanksgiving break to train with Tichy Racing, a Czech coaching team that has produced Olympic athletes and World Cup athletes. She will return to New Mexico to continue training before beginning in December.