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Three Time Race of Champions Winner Abigail Murer

Three Time Race of Champions Winner Abigail Murer

At just 15 years of age Abigail has won three trips to train with the U.S. Ski Team.
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Abigail Murer

Where did you grow up skiing?

I grew up skiing in St. Louis Missouri at the local hill, Hidden Valley. In addition, my family would travel to Colorado once a season. When I was twelve years of age, I traveled to Vail to be a part of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

Which NASTAR course do you like the most?

My favorite Nastar course was the Race of Champions course for the 2013 National Championships. This was because there was a pitch at the top, and the steeper the run, the more I enjoy racing.

What have been your greatest ski racing accomplishments?

Some of my greatest accomplishments would include winning the Junior Olympic Downhill race this past season and finishing 3rd overall for the second year in a row. Also having a three-peat at Nastar Nationals, and getting to train with the US Ski Team multiple times.

Moving from MO to Vail must have been an adjustment, what has been your biggest challenge?

One of the biggest challenges traveling to Vail is not being with my friends and family. My dad, brother, friends and entire family still live in St. Louis while I am away. In addition to the personal challenge of not seeing my family, there is also the physical challenge of the altitude. Going to and from sea level throughout the year can be very challenging.

What has been the greatest reward?

It’s honestly really hard to decide one a single greatest reward. Ski racing, in my opinion, is rewarding almost every day. Being able to ski and train at one of the most prestigious ski clubs in the world, and be on snow six days a week is rewarding in itself. Of course there will be days that may not be as rewarding as the previous one, but those rough days are the ones where you honestly will make the most improvements.

How many days do you ski each winter?

I ski roughly 100 days each winter. I ski about 40 days in the off-season. So year round, I ski about 140 days.

What is your favorite ski memory?

One of my favorite ski memories would have to be winning the Downhill at my last year of Junior Olympics.

If you could ski anywhere, where would you go?

If I could ski anywhere in the world, I would probably go to Austria. I’ve been there before and the skiing is incredible. My favorite resort in Austria is St. Leonhard in Pitztal. However, for race training, I would say Vail. The venue and program is amongst the top ski clubs in the world.

What is your summer training plan?

My summer training plan consists of working out and going to summer training camps. I will go to Mt. Bachelor, Oregon for two weeks in the beginning of June. After Mt. Bachelor, I will travel about an hour to Mt. Hood, Oregon and ski there for an additional two weeks. Whenever I am home in St. Louis, I go to Velocity sports performance gym and work with my trainer to stay in shape and get stronger for next season.

You have now won three trips to U.S. Ski Team Training Camps, what have you learned from your experience?

I have learned so much from attending the US Ski Team training camps. I’ve learned everything from their lifestyle to what it takes to be the best in the world. The girls on the team were so helpful to me in explaining everything it takes in order to get where they are.

What are your goals for the U.S. Ski Team camp that you will attend at Copper Mountain in November?

My goal for the camp at Copper Mountain is to do my best and show the US Ski Team athletes and coaches how fast I can go. Ultimately, make an impression and do my best to be as close to their times possible.

What are your goals for next season?

Next year I start competing in FIS, which is an international race league that World Cup skiers and skiers of my age compete in. The US Ski Team bases its’ selections on a skier’s FIS rankings. Therefore, my goal next year is to make my FIS rankings the best they can be.