Eagle, CO – Jack Diemar, 10, has been chosen as one of five finalists for Sports Illustrated Kids “Sportskid of the Year”. Jack is a four time triathlon national Champion, a top tier travel hockey player, Colorado state cycling champion, a full time Nordic athlete with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and year around swimmer.
Sports Illustrated Kids chose the five finalists based on their academic records, community service and athletic achievements. Jack, who is an honor roll student at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, in Minturn, CO met all the requirements. The Sportskid of the year award will be determined by online voting. You can vote at http://www.sikids.com/sports-kids Sept. 27-Oct. 11.
Jack competed in his first triathlon when he was five years old in Boulder, CO. When he was seven years old he was able to enter the USA Triathlon National Championships in West Chester, OH. He was fortunate to win that year and has won triathlon nationals ever since. In 2016, Jack not only won his age group but was the top junior finisher overall with the fastest run and bike splits.
After triathlon nationals, Jack raced in the Colorado state time trial and road race championships in Rifle, CO as part of the Rocky Mountain Junior Cycling Championships. Jack dominated all three days, breaking away solo from the field in the road race and criterium and then also won the individual time trial. Jack loves to race in road cycling but is really looking forward to racing mountain bikes in 2017 as well.
Jack, who recently just moved back to Eagle, CO, after living in Florida and Illinois for the last 6 years, started playing ice hockey two years ago. He was a left defenseman and played for Chicago area teams, the Naperville Sabres and the Chicago Mission. In the fall of the 2016 he will be playing with Vail Mountaineers. Hockey in the winter season is a nice break for Jack, since it is a team sport. Jack loves the camaraderie of having teammates and working together for a common goal.
Swimming on a USA swimming team and Nordic skiing also occupy Jack year around. He swims with a USA swimming team and practices with the Ski and Snowboard Club Nordic team. Nordic is a new sport to Jack this winter that will really tie his strengths as an all-around athlete all together.
Jack comes from a triathlon family. He has two sisters, Hayley and Coco, who are also top ranked athletes. Coco, 12, has been a triathlon and cycling national champion and Hayley, 14, has earned several national championship podiums. Jody, his mom, won multiple national championships in triathlon and cycling and ran track for the University of Florida. His dad raced track and road cycling and grew up playing hockey.
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