Atmore Memorial Ski Races

By KBJR News 1

January 26, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The temperatures may be low but people are in high spirits for the 35th Atmore Memorial ski races.

David Thickens, the president of Team Duluth is proud to boast two members of the US ski team.

They, along with 5 other members of team Duluth, are competing this weekend against some of the finest on the slopes.

"There's some really good racers here. We've got two US ski team members here and another handful that I expect to see in the 2014 Olympics," said Thickens.

But making it to the races is not an easy feat. The skiers must work relentlessly year round.

"During the season they are on this hill racing 5 or 6 days a week. Our local kids train at least 3 hours a night 3 days a week. They are away most weekends. They're lucky if they get one, part of one day off," said Thickens.

The races here at Stone Mountain are some of the most prestigious in the world.

Matt Strand of the US ski team, and now, Team Duluth, is a prime example of the dedication it takes to make it to the mountain.

"I went through a long process and a lot of hard work training, working with coaches training, trying to get where I am," said Strand.

The Mid American ski series covers the central division of the US.
However, skiers from several different countries are represented in the races as well.

"It's a grueling sport it takes a lot of dedication, a lot of time," added Strand.

But it all pays off here on the slopes of Spirit Mountain.

The event wraps up tomorrow with the victors one step closer to winning the 47th Alpine world cup.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware.