Keaton McCargo of the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club (TSSC) has been recognized as the Colorado Ski Country USA Spencer Nelson All-Star Athlete of the Year. This award goes out to an individual who shows performance, leadership and discipline, not only towards results and rankings, but within a community and amongst peers.
“It is a huge honor,”McCargo said. “I can’t believe I won with all the talent and athletes in the ski industry here in Colorado. I am very psyched.”
The 16-year old has been skiing since she was two years old, and boasts a resume with major accomplishments. After winning a bronze medal at the Junior Nationals during the 2010-11 season, she was chosen alongside 10 other freestyle competitors nationally for the US Ski Team program “Young Guns.” Last season, during her second season on the Colorado All Star Team, McCargo competed in 11 regional mogul contests and was on the podium for 10 of them.She qualified for the Junior World’s in Valmalenco, Italy, McCargo declined to compete so she could attend the US Nationals, where she won the bronze in dual moguls.
“The Junior World’s fell on the same week as the US Nationals and since competitors are eligible until the age of 19 for the World’s, Keaton and the coaches thought it best to stay in the country and stay focused and ready,” TSSC Freestyle program director Caleb Martin said. “She skied great at Nationals and we are very proud of the way she composed herself.”
She does major things for the community around her, which made her an even better choice for the award.
McCargo’s work outside of skiing also made her the top choice for Athlete of the Year. As a passionate artist, she volunteers to help teach third and fourth grade students. She also works with the Telluride Adaptive Ski Program and Saint Michael’s School in Window Rock, AZ, a school for developmentally disabled children.
McCargo has traveled internationally to enhance her education as well as the lives of those less fortunate. She has taught art and attended language classes in Guatamala, worked at a school and assisted in a tree planning project in Costa Rica, and studied colonialism, rainforest ecology and globalization in Peru.
“She is lucky to have all these opportunities to give back,” McCargo’s mom Jenny Page said. “The schooling here in Telluride has given her the opportunities to travel and give back with a lot of creative energy that goes into her being able to travel as an athlete.”
Photo Credit for feature image to Telluride Ski Resort