The 2014 Winter Olympics will feature athletes who have been working toward a common goal – the Gold – their entire lives.
Not far behind them are three Long Valley skiers who would love to have the same goals set for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Long Valley Middle School sixth grader Carly DeLong and her two younger siblings, Morgan DeLong, a fifth grader at Old Farmers Road School, and younger brother Jamie DeLong, a third grader at Old Farmers Road School are all tackling the slopes at an early age, and making their names well-known.
All three began traversing the slopes at age three, and are now part of the Jack Frost Race Team at Jack Frost Mountain in Pennsylvania. Carly joined the team at age six; Morgan at age five; and Jamie at age four.
After a week of training at Killington Mountain School in Vermont, Carly DeLong used her enhanced skills to take fourth place out of 41 racers in last week’s U12/U10 Pennsylvania Alpine Racing Association’s first race of the season.
Morgan DeLong came in 20th in the same race, and younger brother Jamie, at just eight years old and the youngest racer in his competition field of 35 came in 25th overall.
All in the Family
The skiers father, John DeLong, is one of the team’s five coaches and serves as co-head coach of the Jack Frost Race Team and is an Alpine Official. DeLong was also a coach at Camelback Mountain and the University of Colorado.
DeLong met future wife Peggy when the two were both skiing competitively in the 1980s. Peggy DeLong was on Big Boulder’s freestyle team and competed in moguls and aerials.
Information and photos provided by Peggy DeLong.