Whittell graduate Ty Sprock will compete against the top junior alpine ski racers in the world at the 2014 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Jasna, Slovakia Feb. 26-March 6.
The son of Peter and Juli Sprock and the grandson of Sierra-at-Tahoe founders Vern and Bobbie Sprock, Ty Sprock earned his way onto the United States Junior World team with several top performances this season. Only 16 American athletes were selected for this event, known as the premier alpine junior ski racing test in the world.
“Ty’s performance this season has once again proven what many of us have observed over the past few years in high level FIS events throughout the country — he is one of the best skiers in his age group in the world,” said his coach, Guenther Birgmann, CEO of Treble Cone Race Academy, headquartered in New Zealand and the United States. “The FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships will give Ty the opportunity to see how he stacks up against the very best athletes from major world ski meccas including Austria, Italy, France, Slovenia, Norway and many more ski centric countries.”
Sprock began skiing around the time he learned to walk and joined the Heavenly Ski Foundation race program at age 5, where he won races against athletes much older and bigger. He later moved to the Diamond Peak Ski Foundation, where he drew national attention as one of the nation’s premier alpine junior ski racers. Sprock has competed for the past four years on the national stage, highlighted by a dominating performance and win at the National J2 Alpine Ski Championships in 2012.
“I’ve been following Ty’s career for over a decade, and the saying goes, he has the entire package,” said Tim Cohee, President of Far West Skiing, home to 1,000 junior athletes throughout California and Nevada. “To reach the world class level Ty knows it takes more than raw talent, as there are many athletes with similar skills. It’s Ty’s ability to pull that ‘sixth gear’, tapping his tremendous natural athleticism, dedication to the highest level of fitness, and ultimately the ability to perform in one of the world’s toughest sports at the exact right time for 60 seconds in often times extremely harsh conditions.”
Last summer, Sprock trained at the United States Ski Team Center of Excellence located in Park City, Utah. He also attended Sugar Bowl Academy during key winter racing months to keep up with his academics while competing and traveling throughout the nation.
“In my 17 years of being an avid fan of ski racing, including observing hundreds of athletes and families, plus my own ski racing sons, I’ve never seen anything close to the dedication of the Sprock family,” Cohee said. “Peter Sprock has been one of Ty’s coaches for years, is an true expert in every facet of the sport, and Juli manages the complexities of multiple ski homes, coordinating travel throughout the world, hosting numerous national and international athletes, seldom missing an event. Frankly, they deserve the recognition of this selection to the world’s premier alpine junior skiing competition as well, as it is their undying support that has made this possible for their very talented son.”