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Two local athletes named to Jr. World Alpine Ski Championships

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Two Park City US Ski and Snowboard team members are off to Austria for the Jr. World Alpine Championships

Seventeen young athletes, two of them from Park City, will represent the United States in this year’s FIS Alpine Jr. World Ski Championships later this month in Europe.

Lauren Macuga and Justin Bigatel, who call Park City home, are the two local athletes competing at the World Jr. Championships in St. Anton, Austria, Jan.19 to Jan. 25.

Macuga grew up in Park City, training with the Park City Ski Team, and graduated from the Park City Winter Sports School. She placed third in last year’s Jr. World Championships and took second in the super-G at the 2019 junior championships. Her first World Cup start was in Lake Louise, Canada, in 2021. She was named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2020.

Bigatel grew up and learned to ski in Pennsylvania before moving to Park City when he was in the fifth grade. He attended Burke Mountain Academy during high school. His best results are first at an FIS giant slalom in Waterville Valley. He was also the U16 GS national champion. He was named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2022.

The two join 15 others who will be competing in downhill, super-G team combined, GS slalom and a mixed team parallel race.

You can find the schedule here.

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