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Top skier gains momentum
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Posted: 2013 Jul 19 - 06:59

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HOBE SOUND -- Recognized as the best racer in her category in the country by the top ski coaches in the United States and Canada, 12-year-old Lacie Greenwald and her father Brett Greenwald, a chiropractor and owner of Treasure Coast Health and Wellness in Stuart, left their home in Hobe Sound on June 22 to train for two weeks at the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, where the Olympic and Paralympic Alpine Skiing events took place in 2010.

Lacie began competing in 2010, when she was 8 years old, winning every year. Lacie's goal is to compete as part of the U.S. Ski Team in the Olympics.

At Michel Pratte Ski Camp, Lacie will be participating in the summer glacier skiing exercises on their toughest race course, using intense ski performance training in preparation for the Eastern Championships in Okemo, Vermont in February 2014, and the National Championship in Aspen, Colorado in March.

Once again Lacie will train with world-class coach Michel Pratte, former racer in the European Cup and the World Cup and coach of the Canadian National Alpine Women's Team.

Mr. Pratte runs PratteSki International, which hosts ski camps. Though only 12 years old, at this summer camp Lacie will be training in the adult division for more than five hours daily.

"Whistler offers every service to ensure the best summer ski camp venue in the world," said Mr. Pratte. "She will train on Blackcomb's most popular glacier under superb weather conditions and majestic views."

Lacie must travel for 45 minutes as she ascends the glacier in a chair lift. Then she'll board a bus that will take her to the top of the racecourse where she will begin her training in Giant Slalom and Slalom courses. Return trips to the top will be using a T-bar that will pull Lacie back to the top to in 5 minutes, to start the exercise all over again.

Mr. Pratte will have on hand a video crew who will film her skiing so that the coach can provide individual feedback.

"After two weeks of extreme training on the terrain at Whistler, Lacie will be able to ski any type of environment," says Jeneane Wakula, Lacie's mother.

In her free time, Lacie is an animal advocate whose passion for plight of shelter animals has culminated in her creation of Animals' Last Hope, a nonprofit that raises funds for shelter animals who need surgery to not only provide them with a better quality of life, but also increase their chances of adoption.

For more information, contact Brett Greenwald at (954) 818-9494, or by email at doctorbrett@eliteorthofl.com.




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