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Ava is an 11-year-old mogul skier, skiing for the Vail Ski and Snowboard Club. She currently attends Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy and is in the 6th grade.
Ava has been skiing since she was 2 and joined Ski Club Vail at the age of 8. Ava is the youngest skier and the only 11-year old competitor in the RMF Comp Series. In spite of her young age, Ava is currently ranked 43 in the country. Competing against girls as much as 6-years older than her. Ava has finished in the top 10 in all of her competitions this year, including an impressive first place at the Vail comp. She also has a 2nd and a 3rd place finish in duals.
This year Ava became the first black skier athlete to win a Rocky Mountain Freestyle Comp Series competition. An honor she is very proud of, as it allows her to show other kids of color that skiing is for everyone.
Ava's goal is to do what no one else has ever done in Freestyle Moguls, and that's going to 3 Olympics and winning 3 Gold Medals. Her passion for life and outgoing personality is reflected in the happy faces on her knee patches. An entrepreneur in the making, Ava sells her "happy knees"-inspired gear online and is in the process of starting a Podcast on Success and Happiness, future guests include Hannah Kearny and Liz Lemley.
Ava is also an avid soccer player, playing goalie and striker. She loves fishing in the summer and playing with her dog Hank, a gray pit bull.
You can learn more about Ava at avakeenan.com