Hanover watches as Julia Krass makes her Olympic debut
Julia Krass, of the USA, competes in the ladies' ski slopestyle at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
A television in the school cafeteria was set up to air highlights and results from Sochi, Russia, where the 16-year-old high school junior was competing with the world's best in the freestyle skiing slopestyle discipline. Krass finished 11th out of 12 finalists.
Smith said students hung a large banner that read "Team Krass," complete with some well wishes from fellow students, the Olympic rings and a red, white and blue heart decked out in stars and stripes.
With the nine-hour time difference between New Hampshire and Sochi, the competition was over hours before classes began Tuesday. Smith said the school still wanted to be sure to have the cafeteria monitor set up for any news and updates available.
Krass' score of 78.40 was the fifth best in the first round of qualifying and she advanced to the final round, which featured the top 12 qualifiers. U.S. teammate Devin Logan of West Dover, Vt., won the silver medal and American Keri Herman finish 10th, one spot ahead of Krass.
Waterville Valley Resort is also home to Bill Enos, who coaches the U.S. slopestyle snowboard team and two of his athletes are bringing home gold medals from Sochi. American Sage Kostenburg won the men's slopestyle and Jamie Anderson won the gold in the women's competition.