Change of plans: I’m going to the OLYMPICS!!!!! I’m elated. I’m overwhelmed. I’m extremely proud to represent the Stars and Stripes and be a part of @teamusa . Most importantly, I’m forever grateful for everyone who has supported and believed in me (especially... @skibikefish @emerry_ and @simon_merryweather ) This really is a dream come true ✨ • • • I also want to send my best wishes to @steven_nyman on his recovery. It is because of his unfortunate injury in Garmisch last week that I am able to have a spot on Team USA. Heal fast and see you in Beijing!!
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A little bit about U.S. ski racer Alice Merryweather: She grew up south of Boston, skied in New Hampshire and will be starting school at Dartmouth this spring.
Oh, and she just so happens to now be an Olympian.
Merryweather replaces the quota spot of Steven Nyman, who tore a ligament in his right knee during downhill training late last month _ almost a year to the day after injuring his left knee on the same mountain at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
"I try not to think about" the Olympics, Merryweather recently said. "It's been a dream of mine since I was teeny-tiny. Only thing I can do is go out and ski fast and hope for the best."
The 21-year-old from Stratton Mountain School captured gold in the downhill at junior world ski championships last March. A week later, she finished 19th in the downhill at the World Cup Final last March in Aspen.
In December, she took 24th in a super-G in France.