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Teen skier makes a splash

Only select skiers were invited to compete this year in the prestigious Masters Skiing Tournament at Calloway Gardens, Ga.

Not only was 17-year-old Patrick McCormick, a recent graduate of Armwood High School, one of those skiers, but he won the gold medal in tricks and was third in slalom, jumping and overall.

McCormick _ who is doing some trick skiing in the photo above _ has won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals in nationals competition, five state championships, and so many trophies he stopped taking them home five years ago.

"My goal achievements and personal performances are what I compete for, not the trophies that I have no more room for," he said.

"I can win a tournament and be displeased with my performance so the trophy is not so meaningful, or I can lose after doing my best and I am pleased with the tournament. But winning the Masters is very significant and that trophy I will keep."

McCormick was still in diapers when he made his first trip around a lake on skis. He started skiing barefoot at age 4 and started competing at age 5. Read more about this athlete and his equally talented family in Sports, Page 4