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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 26, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Warner Nickerson's (New Hampton School/Gilford, N.H.) dream of making the U.S. National Alpine Ski Team is now a reality and Jenny Lathrop (Green Mountain Valley School/North Conway, N.H.) will continue to ski as part of the national team for 2007.
Nickerson '05 was named to the U.S. men's 'B' team, while Lathrop will be on the women's 'C' team for a second straight year. The 'A' team is the top national team and features former World Cup overall champion Bode Miller and Olympic champion Ted Ligety on the men's side and Olympic champ Julia Mancusco among the women.
Nickerson talked openly about his desire to make the U.S. National Team as a collegiate skier at Colby. He began making people take notice of his skiing by earning second team All-America honors in the giant slalom as a junior. Nickerson had studied abroad in New Zealand in fall of 2003 and had plenty of opportunity to ski before the carnival season at Colby.
Before the 2005 season, Nickerson earned silver medals in the giant slalom and the combined at the World University Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The combined medal came from his four top 10 finishes in the four alpine skiing disciplines. Nickerson was second in the giant slalom, fourth in the Super G, sixth in slalom and ninth in the downhill. At the time, Nickerson was the first U.S. alpine skiing double medallist at the World University Games since 1993.
Nickerson took the momentum of that success back to Colby for his final alpine ski season. He earned first team All-America honors after finishing second in the giant slalom at the NCAA Skiing Championships at Stowe. Nickerson was in fifth after the first run, but had a blazing second run and nearly won the national title.
Lathrop skied her first two years at Colby and then left the college to try and earn a spot on the national team. Lathrop and her twin sister, Abbi, helped turn the women's alpine ski program into a national power for four years. Abbi Lathrop '06 won the NCAA title in the giant slalom last winter.
Jenny Lathrop finished in second place for Colby and earned first team All-America honors in the slalom at the NCAA meet in 2003. She also placed 10th in the giant slalom at the same meet to nab second team honors. Lathrop won five of the six slalom races on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association carnival series in 2003.
Lathrop closed out her career at Colby by taking seventh place in the giant slalom at the 2004 NCAA meet.
Nickerson and Lathrop were both recently skiing with the U.S. teams in Pitztal, Austria.