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Emily Clothier memorial ski race set for Sunday, Monday

Jeff Munson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

More than 250 skiers have signed up for the Emily Clothier Memorial Far West Championships that will be held Sunday and Monday at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Teams from throughout California and Nevada will participate in the race, the first sanctioned to be held in honor of Emily Clothier.

A competitive ski racer, Emily was training with the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation when she struck a tree on March 20, 2008. The South Tahoe High School freshman, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, died of head injuries. She was 14.

Memorials races in honor of Emily have sprouted throughout the South Shore since her death.

Racers should sign-in at World Cup by 8 a.m. with races beginning at 8:30 a.m. on both days. Pre-registration is online at the Heavenly Ski Foundation’s Web site at http://www.heavenlyssf.com.

Emily’s father, Steve Clothier, said support has been overwhelming for the race among the Far West Ski Association and Heavenly. It is the first time in 20 years that Heavenly has offered a sanctioned event for the Far West Association, which is comprised of junior skiers and early-adult skiers.

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“There will be world class skiers through J3, as well as junior Olympic qualifiers, plus UNR is sending a team,” Clothier said. “This is a legacy event that, hopefully, will happen the same time every year.”

For more information go to http://www.emilyclothier.org