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May 25, 2013

Traverse City skier schusses to Utah

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City’s loss will be Rowmark Ski Academy’s gain.

Rowmark, one of the premier ski programs in the United States, is getting one of Traverse City’s top skiers in Madison Ostergren, who has been accepted to compete with the prestigious academy and attend Rowland Hall College Prep School in Utah beginning this summer.

Ostergren, a sophomore at TC Central, was granted admission this week and will begin her journey when she leaves June 6 for a training camp at Mammoth Mountain in California.

“It’s a big decision, especially because I’m in the middle of high school,” Ostergren said. “I’m leaving my friends and everything, but I think that if I want to further my career it has to be done.”

With a push from her USSA coach Dan Janowiak, Ostergren applied to Rowmark in April and then went through rigorous testing and interviews to gain admittance to the private Salt Lake City school and affiliated ski program. She will be one of eight girls in the U18 age group at the school under the tutelage of head coach Todd Brickson. She considered a few other academies as she was exploring her options, but decided to aim for Rowmark.

“I think what stuck out about Rowmark was their school was really good and the location in Utah,” said Ostergren. “I have a lot of friends that go to the University of Utah, and it’s close to there. Just knowing coach Dan had connections with Rowmark, that was good.”

Janowiak, who has 38 years of coaching experience under his belt, has been coaching Ostergren since she was 12 years old. He felt a move like this was a no-brainer for an athlete like Ostergren, who was seventh in the downhill event at the 2013 Junior Olympics in Colorado.

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