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Glenwood Springs skier has productive season

Jeff Caspersen
jcaspersen@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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WINTER PARK, Colorado ” Two golds, six silvers and three bronzes.

That’s the ridiculous medal haul Glenwood Springs Middle School seventh-grader Travis Lundin has to show for his 2008-09 season.

Lundin’s trip to last week’s Winter Park-hosted Rocky-Central J4 Junior Olympics rounded out those figures.



Going up against more than 100 J4 racers from nearly 40 teams from all corners of the country, the Glenwood Springs youngster tore up nearly every discipline.

Lundin, who trains with Aspen Valley Ski Club, took second and fifth in giant slalom, third in slalom and fifth in super-G. Those results helped him land a third-place overall finish. He was second overall among American racers.



“I was really happy. I skied a great weekend,” Lundin said of his Junior Olympic performance. “I definitely ripped it.”

Lundin’s been ripping up the slopes for some time. He first strapped on skis as a 2-year-old living in the Lake Tahoe area. He and his family moved to Western Colorado when he was about 7 years old.

He raced with the Sunlight Ski Team for two years before hooking up with AVSC last season.

“All my competition is really from Aspen,” Lundin said. “So I switched just to train with them. We make each other better.”

Lundin hopes to one day make the U.S. Ski Team and “win some Olympic medals.”

Until then, he’ll continue ripping up local mountains as a junior.

He has two races remaining in the 2008-09 season, including the upcoming weekend’s Smartwool Championships in Telluride. The three-day slalom race will pit Lundin against older racers.

“I’m just trying to go out and maybe get some experience with these other kids, and try to learn,” he said.


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