The 18th Junior Masters Tournament saw the setting of not one, not two, but three course records. America’s Erika Lang sealed the deal in Junior Women’s Trick with 1,820 points, Czech Republic’s Martin Kolman blew up Junior Men’s Trick with 10,210 points and Aussie Jacinta Carroll rocked Junior Women’s Jump with a high-flying 153-foot boost. Even though Junior Men’s Jump winner Daniel Efverstrom of Sweden and Junior Men’s Slalom champ Sacha Descuns of France didn’t set any records, they came damn close. Efverstrom’s 183-foot punt was a mere 60 inches shy of the record, while Descuns’ 1.5 at 39 off was only a half-buoy short. In light of this year’s epic Junior’s results, pro skiing’s future looks brighter than ever. For further proof, check out what some of the sport’s top coaches have to say about these young guns.
This year, Jacinta loaded the pull into the ramp stronger than any other girl. Her mental preparation couldn’t have been better, and she focused on giving 100 percent. I expect she’ll soon be a serious threat to the world’s best women jumpers. In fact, with her technique, courage and determination, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her at the top within three years. — Ray Stokes