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A Year in Skiing: A Summary of the 2016 Nordic Ski Team

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Staś Bednarski racing at Hyland Park for the conference meet.

Staś Bednarski racing at Hyland Park for the conference meet.

Photo by Richard Paal

Photo by Richard Paal

Staś Bednarski racing at Hyland Park for the conference meet.

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Michael flying through the finish line at Hyland.

Photo by Staś Bednarski
Michael flying through the finish line at Hyland.

This year was a great one for the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Nordic Ski team.  The Varsity team crushed the competition in conferences, got through to sections, and then finally had a few choice skiers make it to state.  The JV team trained hard and learned technique, doing hour-long strength sessions and listening to Coach Carl give motivational speeches about optimistic mental attitude.

All skiers on the Nordic Ski team had great fun.  All of the junior high participants improved greatly on their technique, strength, confidence, and team spirit. In most of the races we crushed our adversaries with dignity and finality.

On a personal note: One of the things that I most respect about the BSM Nordic team is the team spirit.  During every race I would hear teammates who were not racing screaming and cheering for me as I went by, and I, in turn, would do the same with a few others on the team.  At one race, skiing prodigy Amanda Kautzer cheered so much that she lost her voice for a few days.

The team provides so much support and help to me while training that I’m very sad to see the season end.  They assisted me and helped me improve as I progressed through my skiing career on the team.  I could not have asked to be part of a more supportive, strong, and inclusive team this year.

I decided to interview a few 7th graders who were on the Nordic team this year to see how they were liking the ski season with the team.  Here is what they said:

Interview with Clare Lynch

Clare Lynch in a race at Hyland.

Photo by Staś Bednarski
Clare Lynch in a race at Hyland.

What made you decide to join the team?

“Probably because my brother was on the team, and I just wanted to say in shape for when I went back to swimming.”

How do you like the practices

“I think they’re really fun, and I think it’s fun to be able to do something right after school because you’ve been sitting in a classroom all day and so it’s good to be able to go out and just do something.”

How do you like the team spirit?

“I think it’s really great. We dress up for some of the the meets and everyone’s nice to each other.”

Interview with Dmitri Houle

Why did you decide to come on the team?

Dmitri in a skate race at Elm Creek

Photo by Staś Bednarski
Dmitri in a skate race at Elm Creek

“I just wanted to try something new for the winter, I had always wanted to try skiing and I just thought that it seemed fun.”

How do you like the races and practices?

“I haven’t been in a race yet; today is my first one.  I have to say that I really like the practices. Everyone’s really supportive, just… Great job!”

If you would like to join the Nordic Ski team, contact Coach Carl Shaffer at [email protected]

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