|Julia Ford '08 Defends US Downhill Championship!|
By Rick Carey
Julia Ford of Holderness won her second straight US downhill championship in Aspen, CO, yesterday. She has also won five consecutive races—two NorAm super G races, and two NorAm downhills, in addition to the US downhill—to sweep the women’s speed series in Aspen.
“It’s overwhelming,” Ford said. “Each race I knew I had to ski my best and throw one in there.”
The wins have moved the US Ski Team member and former Holderness School racer within one point of Abby Ghent of Edwards, CO, for the NorAm overall lead.
The results provide even more momentum for a strong season so far from Ford. Last month she notched her first World Cup points with a 25th in the super G at Bad Kleinkircheim, Austria.
“It’s been a really good year,” Ford said. “I’m getting experience on different hills and different downhills. My confidence has been up quite a bit because of that. I just feel really good when I’m in the start gate and on the course, and that’s a big part of it.”
It’s also been the sort of year that gets a racer thinking about 2014. “For sure I would love to go to the Olympics,” Ford said. “I’m just working my way towards that now.”To learn more about Julia, follow this link to the US Ski Team website.