TELLURIDE - Keaton McCargo of the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club has been named Colorado Ski Country USA Spencer Nelson All-Star Athlete of the Year. This award goes out to an individual who shows performance, leadership and discipline, not only towards results and rankings, but also within a community and amongst peers.
“It is a huge honor,” says McCargo. “I can’t believe I won with all the talent and athletes in the ski industry here in Colorado. I am very psyched.”
McCargo, 16, has been skiing since she was 2 years old, and now boasts a resume worthy of a lifetime. After winning a bronze medal at the Junior Nationals during the 2010-11 season, she was chosen alongside 10 other freestyle competitors nationally for the US Ski Team program “Young Guns.” Last season, during her second season on the Colorado All Star Team, McCargo competed in 11 regional mogul contests, and was on the podium for 10 of them. Qualifying for the Junior World’s in Valmalenco, Italy, McCargo declined to compete so she could attend the U.S. Nationals, where she won the bronze in dual moguls.
“The Junior Worlds fell on the same week as the U.S. Nationals, and since competitors are eligible until the age of 19 for the Worlds, Keaton and the coaches thought it best to stay in the country and stay focused and ready,” said Caleb Martin, TSSC Freestyle program director. “She skied great at Nationals, and we are very proud of the way she composed herself.”
McCargo’s work outside of skiing also made her the top choice for Athlete of the Year. A passionate artist, she volunteers teaching third and fourth grade students. She also works with the Telluride Adaptive Ski Program and Saint Michael’s School in Window Rock, Ariz., a school for developmentally disabled children.
McCargo has traveled internationally, enhancing her own education and the lives of those less fortunate. She has taught art and attended language classes in Guatemala, worked at a school and assisted in a tree-planting project in Costa Rica, and studied colonialism, rainforest ecology and globalization in Peru. Most recently, she taught kindergarteners and reconstructed gardens in Cuzco.
“She is lucky to have all these opportunities to give back,” said McCargo’s mother, Jenny Page. “The schooling here in Telluride has given her the opportunities to travel and give back with a lot of creative energy that goes into her being able to travel as an athlete.”
For more information on the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, visit www.tssc.org or call 970/728-6163.