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Schmidt makes jr. worlds appearance in first ski cross season
Updated On: May 8, 2017
Jared Schmidt. Photo provided

By Chad Ouellette

It didn’t take long for Dunrobin native Jared Schmidt to make his mark on the ski cross world.

Just a season into his new discipline after transitioning from alpine racing, the 20-year-old Dunrobin native earned the chance to represent Canada at the FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships on Apr. 7 in Italy.

“I was happy I got to experience racing against the best in the world in U21,” Schmidt states. “You can follow their line and see what they’re doing. Even with the Canadian guys, Zach Belczyk from Canada finished 2nd, and I got to train with him the whole week before, leading up to world juniors. It was really cool.”

Schmidt’s path to the worlds began at age 3 when he first strapped on skis at Mont-Tremblant.

“Jared has loved it ever since he hit the snowbank,” smiles his father, Bevin Schmidt.
Skiing is a family pursuit for the Schmidts, with Jared’s sister Hannah starring for the Carleton University Ravens, Bevin serving as coach, and mom Lesley Anne (also the commodore of the Ottawa River Canoe Club) acting as logistics manager.

Schmidt enjoyed success as an alpine racer with Mont-Tremblant and the National Capital Outaouais Ski Team, then decided to give ski cross a try this past year.

At the worlds, Schmidt managed to grab the very last qualifying position for the head-to-head elimination heats, recording the 32nd-best time out of the 55 competitors.

“My performance at junior worlds wasn’t the best,” indicates the former West Carleton and Frederick Banting high school student. “They had to shorten the track, and it was pretty straight. I like technical, when it’s big jumps and tight turns, because I come from alpine. But this was more of a straightaway with some rollers and jumps, and it was only 32 seconds long.”

Though Italy was less than perfect, getting the chance to race there period was enough to keep him going, says Schmidt, who is now in Calgary for a development camp and has his eye on competing on the World Cup circuit within the next 3 years.

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