Livingston’s Vay O’Brien wins Junior National Championship


By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer


Livingston resident Vay O’Brien recently competed against skiers from across the country and won a Junior National Championship in slopestyle at the U.S. Junior National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho which took place from March 7-13.

The junior nationals consist of moguls, dual moguls, aerials halfpipe, slopestyle and big air. The weeklong competition matches competitors in age groups to determine who is the best overall junior competitor in each discipline and each age group.

Vay was representing the Bridger Ski Foundation, which had nine total athletes qualify for freeskiing events — slopestyle and big air — and freestyle or mogul events. 

Vay competed in the grouping for girls under 11, winning the gold medal in the F11 slopestyle.

As the youngest female competing in freeskiing, Vay’s accomplishment becomes even more impressive when that fact is taken into account.

The Bridger Ski Foundation’s Scott McLaughlin also took home a gold medal at the U.S. Junior National Championships. Scott won the big air competition in his age group for the second year in a row. 

Last year he was also the overall big air champion, regardless of age. This year he was second overall among all age groups.


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