Carmichael, Northrop combine for six medals
South Lake Tahoe skiers Courtney Carmichael and Kendall Northrop each had the mettle to bring home three medals from the Junior Olympics at Mammoth, Calif.
Both skiers competed in the J4 (age 13-14) division of the Chevy Truck Junior Olympic Alpine Championships March 20 through Friday at Mammoth Mountain. Carmichael took two silver medals from races and finished second in combined during the week, and Northrop had two bronze race medals and was third in the combined results.
Lauren Farleigh of Anchorage, Alaska, won four out of the four gold medals in the age group, and finished on top of the combined podium as well. Farleigh won the 13-racer super-G with a one-run final time of 1 minute, 8.03 seconds to start her win streak, edging second-place Erika Horst (1:08.48), also of Juneau, and Northrop (third, 1:08.71). Next, Farleigh beat Carmichael for the top spot among 13 in slalom with a 1:26.82 combined time. Carmichael had the silver with a 1:27.34 time, and Northrop won bronze in 1:28.49. Farleigh closed out the week with a win in giant slalom with a two-run 1:46.26 to edge Carmichael (1:46.91) in the field of 11 racers.
Farleigh’s combined competition scored her a flawless 0.0, tops among the 10 skiers in combined. Carmichael had an 8.42, and Northrop a 25.6.
Two North Shore skiers also had strong performances throughout the week: Squaw Valley’s Travis Ganong was second in the J4 super G, and Tahoe Basin Ski League veteran Tim Jitloff was second in the J3 (age 15-16) super-G, third in the slalom, and third in the GS, earning him a third-place finish in combined.
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