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Sports - April 3, 2013

Local skiers take part in U.S. Alpine championships

Brian Francis, 18, of Menlo Park and Erik Arvidsson, 16, of Woodside were selected to compete at the U.S. Alpine championships held March 20 through 24 at Squaw Valley.

The boys were chosen as a result of their standings in the Under 18 U.S. Nationals held in Mammoth March 5 through 12. Brian came in third at Mammoth in the Super G, which combines downhill skiing with a slalom course. Erik came in second in giant slalom.

At the U.S. Nationals, top racers from the U.S. Ski team, top college racers, and a small group of under 18 racers were selected to compete.

"It was quite an honor and a great learning and development experience for Erik and Brian to have been selected to compete in this race," says Brian's mom, Bonnie Matlock.

Brian began racing for the Kirkwood Race Team when he was 8. He attended Phillips Brooks, La Entrada, and Menlo School before he committed to ski racing and switched to Sugar Bowl Academy for his junior and senior year of high school. Son of Bonnie Matlock and Tod Francis, Brian was recruited by the Darmouth ski team and will attend Dartmouth College this fall.

Erik Arvidsson started racing for the Bear Valley Ski Team when he was 6. At age 13 he switched to the Squaw Valley Race Team. After attending Woodside Elementary and Menlo School, Erik is now a junior at Lydian Academy in Menlo Park, where he does independent study classwork during the racing season.

A member of a sports-loving family, Erik is the son of Carol and Par Arvidsson of Woodside. His younger brother, Karl, also ski races. Their father, Par, swam for UC Berkeley in college and won a gold medal for Sweden in butterfly in the 1980 Olympics. Both Erik and Karl also compete in swimming.

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