Veneklasen stands out on the slopes

Spring Lake student Sophia Veneklasen recently competed at the Rocky/Central U-14 championships in Winter Park, Colo.
Tribune Staff
Apr 4, 2014

The 14-year-old finished 15th in the super giant slalom portion of the event, which used to be known as the Junior Olympics.

Veneklasen was one of just three skiers who finished in the top 15 from the central division, which encompasses North Dakota, south to Missouri, east to Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. The other top finishers hailed from the skiing hotspots of Aspen and Vail, Colo.

Veneklasen also finished 15th in a kombi race at the event. Veneklasen took 36th in the giant slalom in her first race, and 34th in her second.  

Veneklasen qualified for the event by being one of the top 50 finishers from the central division.

This past weekend was her last race of the season at Boyne Mountain. Veneklasen placed first in the giant slalom on Saturday, and first in a head-to-head slalom race on Sunday.

The eighth-grader started the school year out at Spring Lake. After the first trimester, she left for Copper Mountain, Colo. for almost two weeks to receive training. 

When she returned, she started school in Bear Lake so she could train at Crystal Mountain with coach Dan Janowiak from the Northwestern Alpine Ski Academy. Now that ski season has ended, she is back in Spring Lake to finish her last trimester.



Most wonderful to see Sophia's dedication to downhill racing pay off, 15th in what use to be called the Junior Olympics. Go Girl.

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