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Eagle River teen qualifies for national alpine ski teamSubmitted: 03/05/2017
Story By Katie LeszcynskiKatie Leszcynski

Eagle River teen qualifies for national alpine ski team
UPPER PENINSULA - 14-year-old Ty Springer from Eagle River loves alpine skiing.

"There's not really any other sports that use gravity to your advantage and have to manage your speed on a slope, it's just kind of different," said Springer.

He loves the sport so much that he practices almost every single weekend.

"I've been training my hardest and trying to get to this point where I can compete at a national level," said Springer.

Ty placed sixth in his nine-state regional last weekend. He'll now be on that national level with the under 14 U.S. Rocky Central team.

"The competition is really stiff. 1/10th [of a point] can move you back ten places, it's that tight," said Springer.

Helping Ty with that competition is his family. They're always at Ski Brule in Iron Mountain, Michigan practicing with him. When they found out Ty qualified for the national team, they knew his hard work paid off.

"Very proud and happy. A happy feeling and a major accomplishment to be able to punch his ticket and ski with the U.S. Ski Team out in Steamboat Springs," said Ty'd dad, Brett Springer.

They will be in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the races March 15th through March 20th. Before that, Ty still has some work to do.

"I'm working on controlling my speed and being able to ski fast but look like I'm skiing slow," said Springer.

Ty has a few more practices left but after that, he's going to leave it all on the hill.

"I just want to do the best I can. If I do the best I can, then that's all I can do," said Springer.




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