Heavenly’s Baker has season to remember
April 10, 2014
Heavenly's Taryn Baker finished her near perfect season at Squaw Valley's Spring Mogul Mania during the weekend.
"It was the most fun (competition) because it signals the end of the season," said 16-year-old Baker, who is apart of Heavenly's freestyle team. "It was the best season I've had."
This was the second competition hosted by a Far West team this year because of low snow amounts and was attended mostly by Squaw Valley and Heavenly's teams with a few competitors from Park City.
"It was nice to see other mountains come up and be part of our competition," Baker said.
Baker finished first in Saturday's singles races and second in Sunday's duals as part of the J2 age group. The second place finished was her only loss of the 2013-2014 season.
Baker travels and trains all year for skiing and started this year early with the opportunity for early season training in Vail in November. She attend competitions in Canada and the east coast in December while the west was still waiting for decent snowfall. She also qualified to compete in the NorAm tour which is made up of the top development skiers as well as internationals competitors including the Australian and Japanese national teams. In March, Baker placed fifth at the Junior Nationals at Park City.
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Outside of skiing, Baker attends Incline High School.
Incline offers a ski academy which gives excused absences for students who miss school to travel for competitions. The school offers customized curriculum and the teachers are available to meet with students after school hours.
"The things about Incline is, they teachers are really nice about it and let me make up work in the spring," said Bake, who's ranked sixth out of 87 students.
In June, Baker will attend the young guns program at the U.S. Center for Excellence in Park City. Only six girls in the country qualify for the program that allows young skiers to train with the U.S. Ski Team, get coached by national coaches and train like professionals with specialized workouts.
"I'm really excited to get all the same opportunities as the pros," Baker said. "Hopefully, I want to go to the Olympics. But before that, I want to go to the World Cup and ski all around the world and be part of the U.S. Ski team."