Hartman joins AVSC postgraduate program
Katie Hartman, a University of Colorado All-American and World University Games gold medalist, will join the Aspen Valley Ski Club’s Postgraduate Program.
Hartman was a multiple All-American and Academic All-American while at CU. She also was a CUSPY finalist for female career athletic achievement and a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year.
Hartman, originally from Breckenridge, skied last year with the Independent Ski Racing group, led by Helmut Krug and Pat Andrews, where she trained with World Cup racers Megan McJames and Hailey Duke.
Hartman also is a former World University Games champion in super-G and makes no mistake in saying she is in this to win a NorAm title and earn herself a World Cup berth.
She is currently ranked 90th in the world in super-G.
“We are very happy to have Katie working with our program this year. She will bring a level of professionalism and focus to our growing program,” said Greg Needell, AVSC Alapine director.
“We are working hard to build a PG program here that is consistently available to our local athletes and has a reputation of national success. Right now, there are three women and three men committed to that program, and we are hoping to add more by the end of the summer,” Needell said. “We would love to have a committed NorAm level women’s team.”
The postgraduate program will be organized by Torey Greenwood and backed by the rest of the Ability Class staff, which is led by Kent Towlerton.
Other FIS coaches include Austin Nevins and Lisa Perricone.
Utah’s Colby Stevenson won X Games Aspen ski slopestyle gold on Saturday, beating out fellow American Mac Forehand of Stratton, Vermont, the silver medalist who called it “one of the hardest slopestyle courses I have ever skied.”