Kid’s Tips

February 16th, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments

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Most of us have dreamed of being an Olympic athlete at some time in our lives … or at least attending an Olympic Games.  As we go to press with this issue of Athens MOVE, almost 3,000 athletes from about 100 countries are preparing to journey to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics.  They will compete in about 100 events representing 15 different sport disciplines.  And some of them are not much older than those of you reading this article!

The youngest American athlete at the Sochi Olympics will be Maggie Voisin, a 15-year-old slopestyle skier from Whitefish, Montana.  Keep an eye out for Maggie and these other “kids” who just happen to also be world class athletes!

GRACIE GOLD,

  • age 18, ladies’
  • figure skating
  • Height: 5’5”
  • Training Town: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisCareer Highlights:
  1. 2013, World Championships, sixth place
  2. 2013, Four Continents, sixth place
  3. 2013, U.S. silver medalist
  4. 2012, Rostelecom Cup silver medalist
  5. 2012, World Team Trophy silver medalist
  6. 2012, World junior silver medalist
  7. 2012, U.S. junior champion

Fun Facts:

  • hobbies are reading, juggling, tennis, listening to music, and hanging out with friends
  • favorite book series is The Hunger Games
  • she has a twin sister, Carly, who is also a competitive figure skaterkids-tips-3-

MIKAELA SHIFFRIN,

  • age 18, Alpine skiing (slalom, giant slalom, and super combined)
  • Height: 5’7″
  • Current Residence: East Burke, Vermont

Career Highlights:

  1. Eight-time World Cup slalom medalist (four gold, four bronze)
  2. 2013, U.S. giant slalom silver medalist
  3. 2013, World Cup slalom overall champion
  4. 2013, World Championships slalom gold medalist
  5. 2013, World Championships giant slalom sixth place
  6. 2012, World Cup Rookie of the Year
  7. 2012, World Cup slalom, 17th overall
  8. 2012, U.S. slalom champion
  9. 2011, U.S. slalom champion
  10. 2011, NorAm slalom champion

Fun Facts:

  • enjoys playing tennis and soccer
  • made her World Cup debut at age 15
  • began skiing down her family driveway
  • is the first non-European to win four World Cup slalom races in a season

 

TOM GABOWER,

  • age 18, curling (position – skip)
  • Hometown: Milton, Wisconsin
  • Currently: Student

Career Highlights:

  1. U.S. Junior National Championships: 2011 (5th), 2010 (5th), 2009 (bronze), 2008 (8th)
  2. U.S. Club National Championships: 2010 (4th)
  3. Wisconsin Men’s Club Playdowns: 2010 (champion)
  4. Illinois Junior Championships: 2008 (champion), 2007 (runner-up), 2006 (runner-up)
  5. Minnesota Junior Playdowns: 2009 (4th)
  6. Wisconsin Junior Playdowns: 2011 (runner-up), 2010 (runner-up)
  7. U.S. Junior Nationals All-Star Team: 2008 (lead position)
  8. Curtis Cup for Sportsmanship, Jr. Nationals, 2008
  9. U-18 Optimist International Championships: 2010 (5th), 2009 (5th)

Fun Fact:

  • Tom’s sister Grace is also on the US Olympic curling team
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