Hight called up to compete in X Games
Elena Hight, a 13-year-old superpipe competitor from Zephyr Cove, is set to become the youngest female athlete ever to compete in the Winter X Games.
Hight, an eighth-grader at Kingsbury Middle School, originally traveled to Aspen this week as an alternate, but due to some early injuries she was called up and will compete today in the superpipe.
Her local coach on the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation, Ed McClain, said Hight’s appearance will make her the youngest female entrant ever in the competition. Shaun White, 15, previously competed in the games at age 13.
Hight, contacted by telephone in Aspen, admitted to having a little case of nerves on the eve of her first appearance in the X Games.
“Yeah, I’m nervous, (but) it feels good,” Hight said. “I’m excited. I think I’m the youngest competing here.”
Being the youngest is no problem, she added.
“I know all the pros well, so it’s fun,” she said.
“She got in! I can’t believe it,” said her mom, Myra Hight. “I’m nervous for her – I can feel her nerves a few states away. I hope she can hold her own.”
McClain called Hight a “dedicated athlete” in every sport she attempts, noting that for the past six years she has been one of the tops in the country in alpine, freestyle and boardercross competitions. She also placed second at Junior Worlds last year as a member of the Junior National team.
“I’m really excited for her,” McClain said. “She’s such a dedicated athlete and always has been. (Be it) gymnastics, soccer or snowboarding, she gives it her all and it’s really paid off. She got bumped off the alternate list to the real deal.”
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