HOLDERNESS — A Holderness woman is one of three Granite State skiers who have been named to the U.S. Olympic Ski Team which will be competing in the Winter Games later this month in Sochi, Russia.
Julia Ford was chosen for the Alpine Ski Team.
Ford, who turns 24 next month, is a 2008 graduate of Holderness School, where she was on the school's ski team, and also played soccer and lacrosse as well as serving at student body president.
"She's a very good athlete," said George "Jory" Macomber, the associate head of school at Holderness who also coached Ford when she was a freshman on the ski team. "What really impressed me was how she really focused in the big moments. The bigger the event the better she is."
A member of a ski-racing family, Ford competes in the downhill and the super giant slalom — or Super G – events. Macomber said that it has not yet been decided which events Ford will compete in at Sochi.
Ford's parents, Duane and Lori Ford, both work at Holderness School. Her father is the school's director of residential life and also teaches math and coaches the school's football and men's lacrosse teams. Her mother is a coach for the Holderness ski team, but was coaching in Vermont when Julia was at Holderness.
Ford, who is a student a Westminster College in Utah when she is not training for competition, is one of two Holderness graduates who will be competing in Sochi, according to Courtney Williamson, Holderness's director of communications.
The other is Julia Marino, who will be sole athlete representing Paraguay in the Winter Olympics. Marino, who graduated from Holderness in 2011, holds dual citizenship in Paraguay and the U.S. Born in the land-locked South American country, she grew up in Massachusetts and attended Holderness for her senior year. She is holds the distinction of being the first athlete to compete for Paraguay in the Winter Olympics.
Marino, who is a sophomore at the University of Colorado, will be competing in slopestyle skiing — a new event in the Winter Games. Slopestyle skiing consists of a downhill course with obstacles including jumps and rails (akin to skateboarding) that skiers use to perform tricks.
"We're very proud of our two Olympic athlete," said Williamson.