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Setterberg speeds up

Whitney Setterberg is developing a taste for speed.The 13-year-old is in her first year as a J3 ski racer, and with the J3 division comes the downhill.”It’s going awesome,” Setterberg said of the downhill Sunday after training in Vail for this week’s J3 Junior Olympics. “It’s a speedy event. Let’s just say that you go really fast. I’m pretty good at the technical events, but it’s always fun to go fast, and you’re going really fast on that one.”This year’s Junior Olympics is the third for Setterberg. The Glenwood Springs resident went the last two seasons as a J4 racer (11-12 years old) while racing for the Sunlight Ski Team. This season she’s logging plenty of highway miles as a member of Ski Club Vail.”It’s nice,” Setterberg said of her new team. “There are a lot of cool people here and awesome coaches, just like at Sunlight. It’s nice to be able to train on the mountain I’m going to race on this year – that was way awesome, a definite plus.”That familiarity could come in handy as Setterberg gets her first shot at a Junior Olympic downhill at Vail today. The super-G is slated for Wednesday before the races move to Beaver Creek for the giant slalom (two runs on Thursday) and slalom (two runs on Saturday).Being in her first year of the new division, she’s looking toward the future.”I’m just hoping to get some top-10s. I just want to do awesome and put myself in good spots for next year,” Setterberg said.”I’m just hoping to get some top-10s. I just want to do awesome and put myself in good spots for next year,” Setterberg said.


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