Garfield competes in prestigious OPA Cup, Spain
Sophomore Phoebe Garfield flew to Spain last week to represent the U.S. Ski Team at the U16 OPA Cup in Baqueira-Beret, Spain. The OPA Cup is considered to be the most competitive event in the world for ski racers ages 14-15, with the best athletes from Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Czech, Spain, and Andorra in attendance.
Garfield qualified based on results at this year’s Regional Performance Series. She came to Gould two years ago in the Winter Term Program, as a U14 from NHARA with the Ford Sayre Ski Club. She also plays varsity soccer and tennis and volunteers in the Gould Writing Center as a tutor.
“We use this event to expose some of our best athletes to a higher level of racing,” said U.S. Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “It’s great to see our U16s compete in this environment, against a deep high-quality European field,” he said. “This event is a good measuring stick for us as a country, and a great signal for everyone back home as we head into U16 Nationals at the end of the season.”
The focus of the trip is on high-quality training, exposure to European environments, and head-to-head competition with some of
the top U16s in the world. After a four-day training block, skiers competed in SG races Today, GS races tomorrow, and a team event on Thursday before flying home from Barcelona on Friday.
Baqueira-Beret is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, with up to 2,610 metres (4,920 to 8,560 ft) in elevation. It is the largest and most visited winter resort in Spain.