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John The Olympian: U.S. Ski Team

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It's an Olympic sport where speed and precision is the name of the game. This week our John Trierweiler is trying to set a new course record for alpine downhill skiing at Afton Alps. A place where Olympians like Lindsey Vonn have skied.

Race Instructor, Nate Hakseth has the job of overseeing the race courses at Afton Alps and after seeing a few of John's test runs, it could be a while before making Team U.S.A., after an initial time of 40 seconds.

"To just give you an idea, normally some of our racers, our top end racers are racing like a 22 on this hill, 22 seconds, so you're at 40, so like I said you are a beginner and I actually see that you're doing a great job, with a little more practice I think you'll be able to get down into the 30's," said Hakseth.  

"The lower you go the faster you'll kind of go," reminds Hakseth.

Being an Olympic skier is all about anticipating the turn and staying close to the gate. Aerodynamics also plays a huge role in achieving gold, making sure your skis are straight and you're down low.

After a few more runs, John's personal best time came in at 37 seconds on the race course. However, does our John Trierweiler really have what it takes to make the U.S. Ski Team?

"Lindsey Vonn level, you're not quite there yet but like I said you are going to be there someday," said Hakseth.  

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