NEW CANAAN, Conn. — St. Luke's freshman ski racer Phoebe Kurth has qualified for Team CT and will ski in the Eastern Regional High School Championships at Attitash, N.H. in March.
Over 100 skiers, from high schools all over the state, competed in a giant slalom race on Jan. 30 with the top 30 boys and girls moving on to the slalom shootout on Monday Feb. 6. The top 12 boys and girls from this race were selected for Team CT and Kurth, who came in 10th overall, is part of this elite group.
Kurth has enjoyed a stellar season on the slopes with three top-five finishes and one top-ten finish in the four races. She is also the youngest skier to make this year's team.
Kurth, who trains every weekend at Stratton Winter Sports Club in Vermont, in addition to her training with the Storm Ski Team, is looking forward to being part of Team CT: “It’s really exciting. I’m looking forward to skiing at Attitash, New Hampshire, and I’ll be racing with some of my friends too so it should be a lot of fun.”
This will be Kurth’s first outing for Team CT with the three-day event consisting of a training day on Friday March 10, a giant slalom race on Saturday, March 11, and a slalom race on March 12. Team CT will be competing against 12 other states including Maine, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
The New Canaan resident, who says she enjoys giant slalom more because she gets to go faster, is proud of her accomplishment and is looking forward to the experience. “It’s great to have made the team. I train every Saturday 8:30-3 and then Sunday’s 8:30-11:30, on top of everything we do at school, so I’m happy all the hard work is paying off,'' Kurth said.
Andrew Kurth, a St. Luke's junior and Phoebe’s brother, narrowly missed out on making the boy’s team as he finished14th place overall. He will be on standby for the team should anyone not be able to race.