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Jennifer Kelchner, the Ski Team's "other JK" -- to go with Jennifer (Kennedy) Zanca, missed the medals at her first major international races but that fueled greater dreams and determination for 1998. Kelchner had a pair of near-miss fourths at the '96 World Championships. "They were those so-close-to-a-medal races but I just wasn't 'there,' so now I'll go to Japan and bring home some medals," she reasoned. Kelchner first skied at two but was run over by a lawn mower at four and her right leg was amputated below mid-calf; she races with a prosthesis instead of outriggers. Coach Mike Brown: "Jen's very dynamic and loves to go fast. She just needs time." This past fall she was playing soccer and cheerleading for the Cazenovia football team.

Career Highlights: Fourth in SL/GS at '96 Worlds...No. 1 upright, runnerup overall, in GS at '96 Columbia Crest race, second overall in SG, fourth overall in SL...




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