Hailey Ziemer, a seventh-grader at Rockford Middle School, qualified this season for her first United States Ski Association (USSA) U14 Rocky/Central Division Junior Ski Championships in Winter Park, Colorado.
Ziemer, 13, qualified from the USSA Central Division U14 Junior Championships in Marquette, Michigan. The event involves more than 300 racers from 12 states and Canada.
This is Ziemer’s first year qualifying for this national event, competing against a field of more than 100 girl racers from both the USSA Central Division and the USSA Rocky Mountain Division, involving skiers from Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
Starting on the slopes at the age of 3, Ziemer has been racing for Team Gilboa at Hyland Hills in Bloomington for three years. Prior, she was on junior race team at Hyland Hills for three more years. Her dad joined the coaching staff at Team Gilboa this season.
Currently racing in the U14 age group as designated by USSA, Ziemer competes in alpine disciplines of slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom and kombi in races in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Ziemer had seven finishes in the top 15 at events so far this season.
In the off season Ziemer is an avid mountain biker and soccer player. Last fall she played on the Rockford junior varsity soccer team. She plays all year for the STMA U13 traveling soccer club team.