Competition & Community
Posted on 03 April 2014
While a February Rocky-Mountain road trip was action-packed, so was the excitement and news surrounding the Sochi Olympics. With fellow Burke Mtn. Academy skier Michaela Shiffrin grabbing gold, and other Burkies making waves in their respective ski events, it was a noteworthy week for American snow sports.
I can't name my favorite event. I was glued to the TV - probably cross-eyed - watching, mesmerized by figure skating, skier cross, slope style snowboarding, maybe even a game of curling... And although very briefly broadcasted, I was particularly giddy to watch our friend Liz Stephen (of the Friends of Liz Collection) and the ladies of the US Nordic Team pour their hearts and souls into some incredible performances.
Now, scale that worldly production down, eliminate the preliminary panic, and flashback to last month for the Junior National XC Championships hosted by the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. For those who remain outside the small-but-mighty world of cross-country ski racing, it is hard to explain the significance (and pressure!) of this event for those teenage athletes, and even more so, for the hosting community. The stars seemed to align for the event - the weather cleared, the snow was perfect, and smiles were abound. The organizers did an incredible job and - to any spectator, athlete, or coach - the event was flawless!
As a sponsor of the event, it was special to be involved from an entirely new perspective. While at Burke Mountain Academy, I qualified for Junior Nationals as a lucky alternate. That week of racing in Anchorage Alaska - very far from home - showed me how skiing can take you to amazing places and wonderful people. To me, the community is the soul of skiing. Last month week at Trapps, the community of Stowe showed through in its sponsors, volunteers, beautiful setting, and high spirits. Bravo to all who were a part of it!
It was such an honor to give the medals to the Ladies' podium finishers in the 5k Skate race!