Wildwood resident Abigail Murer became the first person in NASTAR history to win both the raw time and discounted time during the Race of Champions at the 2012 Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships, held at Winter Park Resort, CO.
Murer, a 15-year-old skier at , was said to have left her first mark in the NASTAR record book.
She won her first Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships in 2011, which enabled her to travel to Chile to train with the U.S. Ski Team, reports NASTAR's online publication.
At the 2012 Championships, Murer said she was more determined than ever to do it all over again, but better.
NASTAR is the acronym for the NAtional STAndard Race, and is the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world, according to its website. More than 95,000 Nature Valley NASTAR participants compete throughout the season to win platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals in their age and gender groups. In addition, participants are ranked in their ability group and the top ranked racers qualify to compete in the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 to provide recreational racers with an opportunity to compete and to compare their scores to friends and family members regardless of when and where they race. The NASTAR handicap system is a universal scoring system that provides participants with a tangible number that represents their ability. The NASTAR.com web site records each participants stats and ranks each racer at the host resort, in their state of residence and nationally. The NASTAR program has a successful partnership with the U.S. Ski Team as its premier youth racing feeder program.
In addition to Hidden Valley as her base, Murer travels to Vail, CO, each winter to train and to continue her education with the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy–Winter Tutorial (VSSA - WP). While she trains during the winter in Vail, she represents Hidden Valley when she races NASTAR.
Murer said she dreams of making the U.S. Ski Team, and not only making the 2018 Olympic team, but also bring home a gold medal.
Murer will take her second trip to Chile at the end of the month to again train with the U.S. Ski team.