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Strategy on the slopes

Palumbo took home the Silver medal in the Skiercross 13 to 15 age group. He also competed in the slopestyle competition. He said he didn't expect to do as well as he did.

"Last year I went and I ended up eighth so I was hoping that I could do better this year," said Palumbo. "I wasn't really expecting it but was definitely hoping to."

To succeed in Skiercross, it takes a fearless attitude and a lot of hard work.

"Hard work and doing it a lot gets you prepared. You have to not be afraid of going fast and going over all these things," said Palumbo. "It was easy for me since I was a ski racer before because when you ski race you don't have the fear of going really fast it's really just getting over all the other people on the course and getting over the fear of crashing into them and stuff."

Palumbo has been hitting the slopes with his family since he was 3 years old, racing since he was 6 and competing in Skiercross for two years.

"I like everything about skiing it's just great," said Palumbo.

Palumbo had the second best time out of 46 competitors in the qualifying trials, which are used to determine lane assignments for the afternoon heats and finals. Palumbo finished in the top three for each heat, advancing him to the finals where he finished second.

His counterpart, Nixon, competed in the 16 to 18 age group and recorded the fastest time of the day in qualifying runs. He suffered a surprise mishap during his first heat when another competitor attempting to pass him, clipped the rear of his skis.

"It is just the nature of the sport, anything can happen at any time," said Nixon.

The USASA has held events locally at Gore Mountain and the Ski Nationals were held at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Palumbo and Nixon represented the Adirondack Region team at the competition. ""

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