Queenstowner Lucy Brown has plenty of time to chase Winter Olympic glory – but she’s on the right track.
The talented 10-year-old has a swag of ribbons and medals from a successful 2010 alpine season, culminating in her becoming one of the best ski racers for her age in the country. Lucy started winter by winning the Wakatipu Ski Club champs in giant slalom at Coronet Peak, then two golds, three silvers and second overall at the junior Interfield series in the Entry Two category.
The junior snow gun went on to win dual giant slalom at the Junior Freeski Nationals – becoming national grommet champion – and placing second in the skier-cross at the same event.
At the recent South Island Champs at Cardrona, Lucy won gold at the kombi slalom and giant slalom events.
“I’m pretty proud of myself,” the Queenstown Primary pupil says.
“It’s the best year I’ve had in skiing. In two years’ time I’d like to go to the junior champs in Topolino [Italy] and
then Pokal Laka in the same year.”
Lucy says elder sister and national ski team member Harriet Miller-Brown, dad Nigel Brown – himself a former New Zealand ski racer – and Queenstown Alpine Ski Team have helped her succeed.
Nigel Brown: “She’s had a really stellar season from a wee kid’s point of view.
“Her main aim at this stage is to get to the Winter Olympics.”