WENATCHEE - A Mission Ridge Ski Team coach and skier will be making their way to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Jeffery Webb, whose father is from Chelan, Washington and mother is from Malaysia, will be representing Malaysia for alpine skiing under the guidance of Mission Ridge coach, Ryan Shorter.
The 19-year-old Malaysian was expected to be born in Washington state but came two months early when his parents were visiting family in Southeast Asia. The Webb family spends time in Chelan during the winters and Malaysia during the summers.
Webb, who has been skiing for the Mission Ridge Ski Team since the age of five, will be competing in the giant slalom on Feb. 18 and slalom on Feb. 22. He competed at the 2017 Sapporo Asian Games in Japan, where he emerged as the best skier from the South-East Asian region.
Ryan Shorter, who has been serving as a coach and executive director at Mission Ridge since 2006, has coached Webb for the past five years.
"He listens," Shorter told his hometown publication, Petoskey News. "Some kids have trouble focusing on what they're supposed to be doing, but he's been good and it's been easy coaching him, really."
Shorter has also has helped multiple athletes make the U.S. Ski Team, race on the World Cup and win U.S. National Championships, NCAA National Championships and World Junior Championships.
Webb will be the second athlete from Malaysia to compete in the Winter Olympics along with 20-year-old Julian Yee who will represent the hot climate country in figure skating.