Bruce Perry Jr., 17, Casey Andringa, 17, and Colter Hale, who will celebrate his 17th birthday on March 28, are the three "big guns" for the Winter Park Competition Center and are skiing in Valmalenco, Italy, this week while competing in the 2013 FIS Freestyle Junior World Championships, according to Freddy Mooney, a freestyle coach for the Competition Center.
These three young skiers have all had quite the successful season competing across the country and are trying to end their season on a high note with wins for the U.S. team in Italy before they gear up for summer training.
Bruce Perry Jr., who is currently ranked as the No. 1 seed junior mogul skier for U.S. in Italy, recently clinched the title of Junior National Dual Mogul Overall Champion in Park City, Utah, as well as the NorAm Cup Grand Prix Champion, which qualified him for a spot on the U.S. Ski Team for the 2013-14 winter season.
At only 17 years old, making the U.S. Ski Team is a huge accomplishment for Bruce, who has been competing in moguls since he was 5. Bruce has chosen to keep Winter Park Resort as his training center as a U.S. Ski Team athlete and will also keep the same coaches he has through the Competition Center.
"Winter Park took him and took his aerials to a higher level and increased his speed," said Bruce Perry Sr. "He's got a big bag of tricks."
Casey Andringa is ranked just behind Perry in the No. 2 seed for moguls for the Junior World Championships and brings with him a long career of competing for the Winter Park Competition Center, for which he has been skiing since he was around 10 years old. Andringa skis out of Boulder and is following closely on the same track as Perry.
Colter Hale is the third skier representing the U.S. and the Winter Park Competition Center and holds the second seed in the slopestyle event for the Junior World Championship. Along with qualifying for the Junior Worlds, Hale had some "decent finishes that have him sitting in second in points for the USSA Rev Tour series in slope style," according to Coach Jeremie Livingston. This qualifies Hale for the Grand Prix series, which is the next big step toward the X-Games.