A skier with Waterville Valley ties was instrumental in putting Team USA into second place at the legendary Austrian Kitzbühel.
Hunter Brayton, a Waterville Valley Academy Pinnacle student-athlete played a big role in helping Team USA take second place in the Hahnenkamm-Juniors competition on January 21, 2015.
Hunter competed in two races on the Ganslernhang Slope, earning the fastest time for an American in Slalom and the second fastest time for an American in Giant Slalom. Both these events feature very steep terrain and many transitions, making them extremely challenging.
Hunter is pictured above with USST coach Michael Rogan and teammate, good friend, and former BBTS athlete Fredi Schneider (BMA).
Team USA is comprised of six U16 athletes from across the United States, three men and three women, who are nominated by national coaches. They raced against 11 teams representing nine nations. An estimated 30,000 spectators were on hand watching these young racers who are being inspired by the elite athletes competing in other Hahnenkamm events.
According to the official Hahnenkamm website, Michael Huber, the President of Kitzbühel Ski Club praised the young ski stars by saying, “To ski down the Ganslernhang in a Giant Slalom for the Juniors is just as testing as the Alta Badia classic Giant Slalom – a truly worthy challenge for the U16 racers!”
Once the day’s events ended, the Juniors were given the opportunity to view the Streif raceway during a course inspection with FIS Race Director, Hannes Trinkl.
Peter Stokloza, WVBBTS/SEF CEO said, “We could not be more proud of a Pinnacle athlete representing our country at the most historic and legendary racing venue in the world. Go BBTS!”